Knowing More about Bleeding Gums

Girl with bleeding gums eating an apple

Blog Highlights:

  • Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are suffering from Gingivitis
  • Brushing or flossing too hard can cause bleeding gums
  • Pregnant women can suffer from pregnancy gingivitis
  • People taking blood thinners can also suffer from excessive gum bleeding
  • Frequent gum bleeding need to be checked by the dentist

Bleeding gums can be caused by a myriad number of factors.

The earliest stage of periodontal disease is gingivitis, and one of the tell-tale signs that will help you know whether you have gingivitis is bleeding gums. Whenever you have gums that frequently bleed or bleed when you brush your teeth, it is recommended that you visit your dentist right away. Gingivitis can be easily avoided and it can be remedied.

Using a toothbrush with bristles which are harder than what you’re used to or starting a flossing routine, will typically cause minor gum bleeding. This however, will subside shortly.

Pregnant women can also go through pregnancy gingivitis, a condition that causes gum bleeding, swelling and tenderness. Brushing your teeth too hard or flossing can normally cause mild gum bleeding. It should not cause any alarm however, for as long as the bleeding will stop within a few minutes. People who are taking blood thinners can also suffer from excessive gum bleeding. If the bleeding does not stop right away, it might be best if you see your physician right away.

If your gums bleed frequently, and in quantities that worry you, you should see your dentist as soon as possible. For minor gum bleeding, you can switch to toothbrushes that have extra-soft or soft bristles.

To help prevent bleeding gums caused by gingivitis, you have to brush your teeth twice and floss once every day.