My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I Be Concerned?

Bleeding gums can be a worrisome sight when all you’re doing is brushing your teeth. There are several potential causes of bleeding gums, and most of them are related to plaque buildup on the teeth and gum line. While researching possible reasons causing your gum bleeding can be helpful, you should first contact your dentist for a consultation.

One common cause of gum bleeding is pregnancy. The hormonal changes in the body make the gums extra-sensitive to pressure. While this is a common side effect of pregnancy, you should still seek out the advice of your family dentist so infection does not set in, which can lead to low birth weight.

Another common cause of gum bleeding that has nothing to do with your oral health is using a toothbrush that is too hard, or brushing too hard. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush so you don’t irritate the gums and wear down the enamel on your teeth. If you are unsure if you are brushing too hard, ask a dental professional at your next appointment.

Gingivitis, or infection of the gums, is generally the cause of the gums bleeding. This is caused by a buildup of plaque and bacteria along the gum line, which leads to infection. If left unchecked, gingivitis can turn into a more serious infection known as periodontitis.

Bleeding of the gums can also be caused by systemic health issues. These include diabetes and heart disease. Some medications associated with these illnesses (like some blood pressure medications) may lead to bleeding of the gums. Talk to your doctor if you suspect your health issues are affecting your oral health.

Prevention of bleeding gums while brushing involves good oral hygiene. Brush and floss daily. Avoid sticky, sweet foods that can gather along the gum line and breed bacteria. Visit your dentist once every three to six months for a regular check-up and a deep cleaning, which usually involves removal of any built-up plaque around the gums.

If you are experiencing bleeding or sensitivity when brushing your teeth or have other concerns regarding your oral health, contact My Dentist in Plano to schedule your consultation.

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