Causes and Treatments of Leukoplakia

Why Your Gums Might Be Bleeding

There are many potential reasons why your gums may start bleeding – some of which are harmless, and some of which should be a cause for concern. In this article, we walk through some of the possible causes of bleeding gums and what to do when your gums start bleeding.

Flossing & Brushing

In many cases, bleeding gums are no cause for alarm, but they are almost always a sign of the body's inflammatory response to bacteria. If you haven’t flossed in a while and have just started a new flossing routine – your gums will likely bleed a little as they adjust. This bleeding will typically go away on its own in a week or so if using proper home care. If it doesn’t – contact your dentist. Flossing regularly is the best way to prevent this from happening. Brushing your teeth too rigorously, or with a toothbrush that isn’t soft enough can also cause bleeding gums.


Pregnant women also often experience bleeding gums as a result of “pregnancy gingivitis” – an inflammation of the gums that can arise during pregnancy. When pregnant, the immune response to plaque and bacteria on the teeth is more responsive, resulting in bleeding. Many times, if brushing and flossing are improved, the bleeding will go away.


Bleeding gums may also be a sign of gingivitis – which is an early stage of gum disease. Brushing and flossing regularly is the best way to guard against gingivitis. The condition is also reversible if caught early enough. Your dentist can help you through the treatment process.

Smiles for Life in Minnesota

If you are experiencing problems with bleeding gums, schedule an appointment with a dentist today. Dr. Tim Brooks and the rest of the team at Smiles for Life make it a point to treat each patient with the respect and compassion that they deserve. At Smiles for Life, we offer family and cosmetic dentistry services to patients in Bloomington and the surrounding areas of the Twin Cities. Contact us today to set up your appointment with Dr. Brooks at one of our Smiles for Life dental clinics.

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