When you notice bleeding gums after flossing or brushing your teeth, it can come as quite a shock. It may not be immediately clear what’s causing the bleeding in the first place. There are quite a number of reasons why your gums are bleeding, some of which are temporary while others are more troubling. Consult your dentist if you have any concerns about your oral health. Here are five common causes of bleeding gums that you should know about.
Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease that can lead to bigger problems later on if left untreated. The plaque on your teeth and gumline which is not removed through regular dental care infect the gums and lead to symptoms of gingivitis. When this happens, your gums may be swollen, tender, and bleed during brushing. Luckily, these symptoms can be reversed through proper dental habits and regular checkups.
2. Side Effects of Medications
The American Dental Association notes that blood thinning medications are another possible cause of bleeding gums. When the blood’s ability to clot is hampered, bleeding becomes easier. It’s important to let your dentist know if you are currently taking any blood thinners.
3. New Flossing Routine
If you’re starting a new flossing routine or forget to floss for a few days, you might notice your gums start to bleed. Don’t panic, though! This tends to go away after about a week. So don’t let a little bit of bleeding discourage you from practicing good dental habits!
4. New Toothbrush
If you’ve previously used soft-bristled toothbrushes and have switched to a firmer brush, you might end up with bleeding gums. Try to switch back to a soft or medium-bristled toothbrush and discuss this with your dentist at your next check-up. They may be able to help you choose the right toothbrush for your needs.
Some women do end up with swollen and bleeding gums during pregnancy when they brush their teeth. Hormonal changes and the altered response to bacteria that cause gum disease are the reasons for this. Symptoms should clear up after pregnancy, but a dental checkup and keeping to a good brushing/flossing routine should prevent any complications of this problem in the meantime.
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