Bleeding Gums & How to Treat Them

Do your teeth bleed while brushing or flossing?

When there is a lot of plaque buildup along the gum line, it causes your gums to become inflamed and bleed. Plaque contains harmful bacteria that can spread causing tooth decay or gum disease. However bleeding gums can happen for a variety of reasons besides plaque.

Most common circumstance that cause your gums to bleed:

  • Flossing: Generally flossing shouldn’t cause your gums to bleed, so it may be caused by an underlying problem with your teeth or gums.
  • Medical:Medications such as blood thinners may cause your gums to be more prone to bleeding. It is important o inform your Smith Dental Care dentist of all medications and/or supplements you may be taking.
  • Tobacco: Smoking or chewing tobacco can cause your gums to bleed, as well as increasing your risk of periodontal disease and oral cancer.
  • Gingivitis: This is the firs stage of periodontal disease, which causes your gums to bleed, making them tender and swollen. Your Smith Dental dentist can use aggressive treatments like scaling or periodontal therapy to slow down its development.

As long as you maintain good oral hygiene, bleeding gums will never be an issue. If you feel as though you have significant plaque buildup, scheduled an appointment today so Smith Dental Care can get you in for a professional cleaning.