If you’ve started to notice the presence of blood following the brushing of your teeth, there’s no need to panic. However, it’s also something you shouldn’t ignore. If you want to learn if it’s something simple that you can take care of yourself, or if you need to schedule a visit with your dentist, here are five possible reasons for bleeding gums.
The first stage of gum disease, gingivitis occurs when plaque on your gum line and teeth is not removed by brushing and flossing and is characterized by tender and swollen gums that bleed during brushing. By seeking dental treatment, the situation can be reversed.
If you are taking blood-thinning medications, these can also cause your gums to bleed. Should this be occurring, contact your dentist and physician to let them know what is happening. Should the bleeding become worse, visit your physician as soon as possible.
3. Changes in Dental Routine
If you are new to flossing or perhaps are using a new toothbrush with very firm bristles, these changes in your dental routine may cause your gums to bleed. Usually, the bleeding stops within a week or two. If it doesn’t, visit your dentist.
4. Brushing Too Hard
If you have a habit of brushing and flossing your teeth very vigorously, you may be causing your gums to bleed. Along with using a slightly lesser touch on your teeth when brushing, you may also want to switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush.
Should you be pregnant, the hormonal changes your body is experiencing can inflame your gums and cause what’s known as “pregnancy gingivitis.” As with anything else related to your pregnancy, make your dentist and doctor aware of this as soon as possible.
If your bleeding gums have worsened, don’t hesitate to contact us today to book your appointment.