Bleeding gums may come as a shock if you’ve never experienced it before. On the other hand, your gums may bleed so often that you feel it’s normal.
Bleeding gums are anything but normal, however.
Your dentist will help you figure out whether one of the following causes are behind your unhappy gum tissues.
A bacterial infection in the gums called periodontitis is the most common cause of bleeding gingiva.
The infection starts out as gingivitis. But if not treated, it can move into the ligaments and bone below the gums.
Your body responds to the bacterial infection with an inflammatory response. This causes blood vessels to expand around the gum tissues. When the gums swell from the infection, those blood vessels are easily ruptured with brushing or flossing.
Gum disease typically begins with inadequate oral hygiene. It can flare up with changes like stress, smoking, and a poor diet.
A sudden change in hormones can make gums overly sensitive to dental plaque. Pregnancy is notorious for causing bleeding gums.
If you’re on something like a blood-thinner, then your gums will easily bleed when disturbed. Something like taking aspirin on a regular basis may make your gums prone to bleeding more heavily.
Pulling the floss too roughly between teeth can cut gums and make them bleed unnecessarily. Floss can cut soft gum tissue like a knife if you don’t learn how to maneuver it properly.
What if you’re confident you have your oral hygiene well under control but still suffer from sensitive or bleeding gums?
Schedule a visit with your local family dentist to find out what’s making your gums bleed.
Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
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