Many people first see their gums bleeding when brushing or flossing and get very worried. Sometimes there is a small change you can make in your dental maintenance that will stop the bleeding and other times it’s a symptom of a larger problem. 

Why Your Gums Are Bleeding?

  • Plaque – Most times you gums will bleed because of a build up of plaque on your teeth. If you don’t get the plaque removed it will lead to gingivitis.
  • Gingivitis – Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. Other symptoms of gingivitis include inflamed red and puffy gums. Plaque contains bacteria and as it grows on your teeth it will produce toxins that will irritate your gums. Early signs of gingivitis need to be treated so that it doesn’t turn into a more serious form of gum disease.

Other Factors That Increase The Risk of Gingivitis

  • Smoking
  • Stress
  • Hormonal Changes
  • Poor nutrition
  • Medications
  • Chronic Diseases

How to Prevent and Treat Gingivitis

Ways to keep your teeth free from plaque…

  • Brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day with antigingivitis toothpaste
  • Rinse thoroughly with an antigingivitis mouthwash
  • Use a soft bristled manual or powered toothbrush
  • Floss everyday
  • Visit a dentist regularly

Causes and Treatment of Pregnancy Gingivitis

Hormones rise during pregnancy and sometimes it causes gingivitis as it increases the flow of blood to your gums. Your gums will become sensitive and swollen, which will make them bleed when you brush or floss. The increase in hormones allows certain types of bacteria to grow on your teeth easier. Some notice gingivitis early in their pregnancy but most times it after the 2nd trimester. Your best bet is to remove as much plaque from your teeth as possible and choose a toothpaste and mouthwash that is designed to treat plaque and gingivitis. Use a soft bristled tooth brush.

Blood Thinning Medications Can Make Your Gums Bleed

If you are on blood thinning medication and your gums are bleeding, you should get in touch with your dentist as soon as possible.

If Your Gums Are Bleeding See a Dentist

Going to your dentist to be examined is the best way to find out why your gums are bleeding. Your dentist will be able to tell you the best way to treat your bleeding gum problem.

We can identify the reasons for the gum bleeding and make you as comfortable as possible as we fix it. 

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.