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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush? Something Could Be Very Wrong, Dentists Warn

Posted in Gum Disease

“My gums always bleed when I brush.”

“Flossing cuts my gums so I just don’t floss.”

“I never seem to have problems until the hygienist cleans my teeth.”

Don’t think we don’t know about those memes picking on dental professionals for making the patient bleed during treatment.

They are universal myths – bleeding gums are normal and dentists take delight in purposely irritating them during your appointment. Is that so? The truth just might surprise you.

Gums are very sensitive and complex tissues. They respond to things like hormones, infections, irritants, and medications. They even respond differently based upon genetics. Your gums are an extremely close reflection of the functionality of your immune system.

Like other body tissues that respond to infection, your gums can swell with disease-fighting agents and extra blood vessels to deliver them there. This inflammation stretches the thin skin on the surface and makes it more prone to damage.

It’s as simple as that. Sick gums are weak gums. If your gums bleed easily, 9 times out of 10 it’s because they are already suffering an infection. If not cared for, your gums can be the portal for bacteria to enter your body. Not only this, but your teeth can lose the support of gum tissue entirely and fall out.

If you take away nothing else from this post, remember this: your gums should not bleed at the dentist’s any more than your hands should bleed when you get a manicure. The same can be said of cleaning them. If your hands bled when you washed them, you might be a little concerned. Bleeding gums can be a sign of periodontal disease (gum disease) or other health concerns.

So why ignore gums that bleed? Do your gums a favor and visit your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123


Bleeding Gums: What That Means and What You Should Do

Posted in Gum Disease

Contrary to common opinion it’s not normal for gums to bleed when you visit the dentist. It’s also not a good sign if your gums bleed whenever you brush or floss. Bleeding gums can be an indication of gum disease or other serious issues.  With some help from your dental team, you can make sure that your entire mouth stays in great shape.

What Causes Gums To Bleed?

One of the first things to take into consideration is your oral hygiene routine.

Gums are thin-skinned and rich in blood vessels. At the slightest irritation, they’ll get inflamed and swollen to fight off infection. If you aren’t frequently brushing away bacterial debris from your teeth, then your gums may be constantly irritated in a state called gingivitis. This will make them easily bleed when they are bumped by a toothbrush.

To be fair, other conditions involving medications and hormones can make the gums extra sensitive, no matter how clean you keep them. You may experience more gum bleeding as a side-effect of:

  • Taking blood thinners
  • Taking certain pain medications
  • Pregnancy

How To Treat Gums Prone To Bleeding

You can keep your gums comfortable by regularly removing plaque with a toothbrush and floss.

On that note, it’s good to take a look at what kind of tools you use on your teeth. A hard-bristled toothbrush could be irritating your gums more than you realize. Flossing incorrectly will also be uncomfortable. Make a couple changes to your routine to improve gum health.

Make sure you’re eating a balanced diet with plenty of vitamins. Vitamin C is especially important to gum health.

Lastly, see your dentist for frequent checkups that assess not just your teeth, but gum health as well.

Posted on behalf of:
Chester Road Family Dental
11701 Chester Rd.
Chester, VA 23831


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


Is It Normal For Gums to Bleed When You Floss?

Posted in Gum Disease

Many patients tell their dentist, “My gums bleed when I floss, so I don’t do it.”  What they don’t realize, is that they are actually making their “gums” worse by not flossing.  When the gums (gingiva) bleed, it is called “Gingivitis” because the gingiva is inflamed, due to the biofilm buildup, which is a sticky substance produced by the bacteria in your mouth when you eat sugary types of foods.  This biofilm is irritating to the gums, which is why they bleed when you floss.

The good news is that Gingivitis is reversible.  When you floss correctly and regularly, you are helping to remove the biofilm between the teeth.  As a result, the inflammation should go away, you reduce the chances of having Gingivitis, and your gums should stop bleeding when you floss.

Here are some considerations when flossing:

  • It is best to floss your teeth by adapting the floss around the tooth like a “C” and gently wiping up and down along the tooth’s surface, including just below the gumline.  This will allow you to gently and effectively remove the biofilm, which causes your gums to bleed.
  • You should floss your teeth at least one time a day, preferably at night before bed.  This will help to remove the biofilm before you go to sleep so the bacteria is not left in between your teeth all night, making the inflammation worse.

So, it is not normal for gums to bleed when you floss.  It is actually a sign of an active infection in your mouth.  The best thing you can do for your bleeding gums is to continue flossing.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050 


Is It Normal For Gums to Bleed?

Posted in Gum Disease

Healthy gums should not bleed. Some people feel that bleeding is simply due to the sliding of a sharp piece of floss between the teeth, causing injury to the gums. An improper or aggressive technique can injure the gums, but flossing typically should not cause bleeding. Let’s consider the three most-common causes of bleeding gums.

Gum Disease

Gum inflammation is an immune-response to bacteria (plaque) that irritate gums. As the body fights the bacteria, tiny capillaries in the gums are expanded to allow germ-fighting agents to escape and attack the bacteria. These little blood vessels are more sensitive as they expand. This makes the surrounding tissue swollen and prone to bleeding. When not removed by frequent brushing and flossing, plaque can cause prolonged inflammation called gingivitis. This can advance to the more-serious disease, periodontitis.


Some medications, such as blood-thinners, prevent blood from clotting. Any disruption to the gum tissue can cause bleeding. This is not necessarily a factor you can control, if your doctor has prescribed such a medication for you, but try to familiarize yourself with the side-effects.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal changes affect the sensitivity of the gums and can cause increased inflammation. The hormonal fluctuations that accompany the onset of puberty, menstruation in females, and the first trimester of pregnancy are among the most common contributors to increased bleeding in gums.

No matter what is contributing to increased-bleeding, proper oral hygiene will keep inflammation-causing bacteria to a minimum. Contact your dentist for a gum-health assessment if you have noticed bleeding even while simply brushing. Your dental team will help identify possible causes.

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. Farhan Qureshi, DDS
5206 Dawes Ave
Alexandria, VA 22311
(703) 931-4544


4 Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed

Posted in Gum Disease

“I don’t floss because it makes my gums bleed.” – This may be one of the most frequent reasons that people give for not flossing than any other heard in a dental office. It’s true, if you don’t floss frequently, most people will experience some bleeding. Here are 4 reasons why your gums may be bleeding, and what you can do to fix it!

Infrequent flossing

If you don’t floss regularly, gingivitis can begin to develop. Infrequent flossing will often cause bleeding, because the infection never has a chance to be completely reversed. It can take 2 weeks of flossing at least once a day before bleeding from gingivitis stops. 

Active gum disease

Periodontal disease is a condition that develops if gingivitis progresses into bone loss and deep pocket formation around the teeth. Deep 6 or 7 mm pockets can’t be cleaned with floss, so flossing cleans the tops of the pockets but bleeding still continues. Professional gum disease treatment is necessary at this phase in order to prevent tooth loss. 

Rough edges of existing restorations

Old fillings or bulky crowns can have large, rough edges that plaque adheres to. It may also cause food to pack between the teeth, constantly irritating the gum tissue. Even regular cleaning may not be able to keep these areas clean enough for inflammation to always be reversed. Replacing the restoration may be needed. 

Medical conditions

Certain medications or even health conditions like anemia can cause increased gum bleeding. Always review your health history with your dentist, so that the right care measures can be taken during your appointment. Your dentist may also have advice on certain tips to try, regarding your particular condition.

Don’t let bleeding gums keep you from the dentist! It’s your body’s way of telling you something just isn’t right, and it’s time to seek out dental care sooner than later.

Posted on behalf of Dan Myers


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