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Oct
18

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush? Why That Could Mean Trouble

Posted in Gum Disease

Are bleeding gums a common occurrence for you? Even if your gums always bleed when you brush or floss it may be time to see a dentist. Bleeding gums are never normal.

Why Gums Bleed

Normal brushing and flossing and dental cleanings don’t cause healthy gums to bleed. Gums that are already sick will easily bleed when disturbed, however.

Your gums are made up of a complex and sensitive tissue. When they’re exposed to irritants such as plaque bacteria, they swell up as part of an immune response. The skin over swollen gums thins out and the blood vessels inside the tissue expand. This makes them very susceptible to bleeding when they’re bumped.

What Does it Mean When Your Gums Bleed?

If your gums bleed from a normal activity such as brushing, then that’s a sign that they’re probably swollen.

Gum swelling is often due to poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush and floss your teeth properly or often enough, the plaque that’s left behind can trigger gingivitis. Swelling may also be an overreaction to irritants due to hormone changes such as during pregnancy.

How to Stop Bleeding Gums

Happily, it’s quite simple to treat gums that bleed when you brush. The first thing you might try is switching to a soft toothbrush and brushing more often to ensure all the plaque is gone. Use an anti-gingivitis rinse to reduce bacteria in your mouth. Swish with salt water to soothe sore gums and bring down the swelling.

Gum swelling and gingivitis can lead to a more severe form of gum disease called periodontitis. So if your gums bleed during brushing, schedule a dental checkup right away.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

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