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3 Reasons Why Your Gums are Bleeding

Posted in Gum Disease

Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss them? Instead of avoiding coming into contact with your gums during your home hygiene routine – you should try to find out why they are bleeding in the first place. In 99.9% of circumstances, healthy people should never experience bleeding gum tissues.

Here are 3 reasons why your gums may be bleeding:

Gingivitis / Gum Disease

Inflammation of the gum tissues causes the gums to detach from the teeth. This creates a deep pocket under the gums, which harbors bacteria. If the infection isn’t eliminated, sporadic flossing or brushing will simply result in bleeding. It can take daily flossing up to two weeks before symptoms reverse. 


Women may notice that their gums bleed during pregnancy or in concurrence with their monthly cycle. Unfortunately, if gum disease is present during pregnancy, it could pose a risk to your child. It’s actually a risk factor for pre-term labor. 


Having low iron levels or anemia may trigger bleeding gums – even if you’re caring for them properly. Other signs of anemia may be pale gum tissues that are not coral pink in color. Try cooking in an iron skillet, eating more red meat and spinach, or taking an iron supplement to see if your symptoms improve.

If you’re doing everything that you know possible and your gums are still bleeding, then it’s time to see your dentist. We can thoroughly check your teeth and gums to pinpoint causes that may be contributing to your bleeding gums. In some cases a deep cleaning or change in oral hygiene routine are all that is needed.

Posted on behalf of:
Alan Horlick DDS
6572 Hwy 92 #120
Acworth, GA 30102
(770) 591-8446

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