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3 Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed

Posted in Gum Disease

Some people think that it is normal to have gums that bleed.  What they don’t realize is that it is not normal or healthy!  When gums bleed after brushing or flossing, it is usually a result of a condition called gingivitis (inflammation of the gums).  Thankfully, gingivitis can be reversed with professional cleanings and proper, daily oral hygiene techniques.

Why do your gums bleed?

Here are three common causes:

Brushing & Flossing Aggressively– When brushing and flossing properly, healthy gums should not bleed.  Some things to watch out for include:

  • Using a stiff toothbrush
  • Applying too much pressure with your toothbrush or dental floss
  • Not adapting the floss around the tooth properly

Gum Disease– Bleeding is a sign of an active infection in your mouth caused from bacteria.  When bacteria gets under your gums, the bacteria feeds on the sugars in your food, and then produces a slimy film that irritates your gums which causes them to bleed.

Periodontal disease is the advanced form of gum disease. Sure, it starts out as simple gingivitis – but when left untreated, it will cause you to lose your teeth.

Poor Dental Hygiene– If plaque biofilm is not removed from your teeth and gums on a regular basis, your body will respond with an inflammation, which results in redness, swelling and bleeding.

If your gums bleed on a regular basis, see your dentist to examine your gums and to diagnose the underlying cause of your bleeding. Your hygienist will also give you advice on the proper brushing and flossing techniques that can eliminate your bleeding. Regular cleanings with your hygienist will help remove the bacteria that are impossible to reach through regular home care. Schedule yours about every 6 months.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

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