Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
It happens to the best of us–you look in the mirror while brushing or flossing and see a smile that looks like it just took a punch. A mouth full of blood can be alarming, and if it’s been happening to you you’re probably wondering why? In this blog post we’ll tell you why your gums might be bleeding and include some tips to make it stop.
There are certain medications, such as blood thinners, that will cause your gums to bleed easily, and so you may see it happening frequently while brushing and flossing. If you’ve noticed this side effect, it’s a good idea to bring it up with the dentist and/or the doctor who prescribed you the medication.
New to Flossing
If you’ve only just finally decided to commit to flossing, we say, great! Keep it up. Don’t be discouraged by bloody gums, it’s incredibly common for new flossers. After about a week, you should see the bleeding stop. If that’s not the case, let us know. There may be an underlying issue.
Bad Brushing Habits
Have you ever thought about how you brush your teeth? It’s possible that you’re brushing too hard. Not only can aggressive brushing cause your gums to bleed but, over time, it can also cause your gums to recede and your enamel to thin. Be mindful as you brush, and make sure to purchase a soft-bristled brush. If you’re having trouble controlling your pressure, buy a toothbrush that does it for you! Electric toothbrushes are ideal for hard-brushers. You simply have to guide the brush. Some models even include pressure sensors that will alert you if you’re brushing too hard.
Perhaps the most serious on the list, gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, can be signified by bleeding gums. Gum disease happens when you have a buildup of plaque along the gumline. In order to eliminate gingivitis and prevent it from advancing and threatening your teeth and gums, commit to a great oral health routine. Brush your teeth twice daily, floss daily, and visit our office twice per year.
Seeing Red? Be Sure to Let Us Know
If your gums are bleeding while brushing or flossing, be sure to mention this to the dentist. We’ll be able to identify the root cause and address it, solving the problem and keeping your teeth healthy and beautiful.