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4 Reasons Why Your Gums are Bleeding When You Brush

Posted in Gum Disease

Have you ever experienced bleeding gums when you brush or floss your teeth? If you have, it’s likely that your gums are unhealthy. It is never normal to have gums that bleed.  In fact, this should be a “red flag” to let you know that your gums need attention right away, before it gets worse.

What causes your gums to bleed during tooth brushing?

Poor diet – When you eat a diet filled with sugar, the sugar will combine with the bacteria in your mouth.  This can cause your gums to become red, puffy, and irritated – causing them to bleed very easily.

Not brushing and flossing regularly – If you don’t brush and floss daily to help remove the germs around your teeth, then your gums will become red, puffy and irritated.

Gum disease – Inadequate or infrequent oral hygiene can cause gum disease to develop, which can lead to tooth loss.

Brushing too hard- If you brush too hard, you can make your gums bleed.  Always use a soft toothbrush and brush very gently along your gumline on all tooth surfaces. Take care not to scrub or use a stiff brush.

What can you do if you have gums that bleed?

The great news is that bleeding gums are usually reversible!  Choose a balanced diet, brush and floss your teeth daily, and schedule regular dental check-ups. Gingivitis and bleeding gums can be reversed in as quickly as 2 weeks. The first step is to see your dentist. Don’t wait until it is too late!

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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