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Why do my gums bleed?

Reverse the cause of gum bleeding now to prevent future problems

“Everyone’s gums bleed, right? That’s normal.”

No! Bleeding gums are common but NOT normal.

Our experienced dentists and hygienists know that the leading cause of bleeding gums is insufficient plaque removal from the teeth at the gum line. This causes a condition called gingivitis or inflamed gums. Gingivitis is the reversible early stage gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Diseased gums usually bleed.

Healthy gums do not bleed. Here are tips to prevent your gums from bleeding:

  • Schedule regular professional dental cleanings
  • Buy a soft or extra soft bristle toothbrush
  • Brush your entire mouth - teeth, tongue and gums
  • Use proper brushing and flossing techniques
  • Floss before brushing to avoid skipping it
  • Brush and floss your teeth 3 times a day

You may wonder why you should floss if it makes your gums bleed. You need to floss to remove the bacteria that are causing the infection and inflammation. Ignoring bleeding gums is not wise. Having healthy gums is crucial since they keep your teeth in place. You do not want gum disease to destroy the fibers that connect your gums and teeth.

After 7 to 10 days of improved oral care, if your gums are still bleeding, please make an appointment to see us. We can determine if there is a dental cause of your bleeding gums.

The likely cause for bleeding is gingivitis, ill-fitting dentures, or improper flossing or brushing. We can help you with any of those issues. However, bleeding gums could also indicate medical conditions such as leukemia, a bleeding disorder, or a Vitamin K deficiency. Pregnancy hormones can also increase gum bleeding.

Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults in the U.S. We want you and your family members to have your teeth for life! Take gum bleeding as a sign from your body that your mouth needs attention now.