There are many potential reasons why your gums may start bleeding – some of which are harmless, and some of which should be cause for concern. In this article, we are going to 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 is no cause for alarm, but it is almost always a sign of the bodies 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 the adjust. This bleeding will typically go away on its own in a week or so if using proper home car. 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 the plaque and bacteria on the teeth is more responsive resulting in the bleeding. Many times if the brushing and flossing is 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.