Have you ever brushed your teeth and noticed a bit of blood in the sink? Bleeding gums is quite common in adults and can be fixed quickly, but what is causing them to bleed? Today, Parkcrest Dental lists some reasons why your gums may be bleeding and what you can do to fix it.
One of the leading causes of bleeding gums is periodontitis disease, also known as gingivitis. Gingivitis occurs when your gums are left untreated for too long. Your gums will fill with bacteria and plaque, causing inflammation that can make your gums red and puffy. As long as you brush your teeth (and gums!) twice a day, you should be able to treat and help prevent gingivitis.
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Brushing Too Hard
While it’s important to brush, brushing your teeth too hard can cause your gums to bleed. If your toothbrush bristles are frayed or damaged, they can also cause your gums to bleed. Make sure you use a toothbrush with soft bristles and that you change your toothbrush every few months. Don’t forget to brush gently in small circles to avoid more gum bleeding.
Flossing for the First Time
If you haven’t flossed your teeth in a long time, you may notice that your gums may start to bleed. Flossing does require a bit of strength, and your gums may not be used to the pressure and force. While getting back into a flossing routine is excellent for your oral health, take it a bit slow the first few times so your gums can adjust.
Pregnancy is a very common cause of bleeding gums. Your hormones will be changing tremendously during this time, and that can leave your gums sensitive to bacteria. If your gums continue to bleed after weeks of good brushing habits, you may want to see a dentist to keep a close eye on the problem.
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Another cause of bleeding gums is your dentures not being in the correct place. If your dentures aren’t fitted correctly, it can irritate your gums. If you believe this may be the cause of your gum bleeding, visit your dentist right away so they can be fitted and corrected.
Continue to Have Problems? Call Parkcrest Dental Group
If you find that your gums are continuing to bleed, it may be time to visit a dentist. Parkcrest Dental would be happy to treat the problem and make your gums happy and healthy again. Call us today at 417-887-1220.