While you may think that bleeding gums is just a symptom of brushing too hard, that’s actually not true. Your gums should not bleed when you brush your teeth, so if you notice this, it’s time to take steps to reverse gum disease.
Bleeding gums is usually the first sign of gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums. Early diagnosis and prevention can reduce the risk of additional problems such as tooth and bone loss and receding gums.
Hires Dental Care offers routine screenings for gum disease and a full range of dental services to address the varying stages of gingivitis and periodontitis.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Here are some of the most common reasons why you might experience bleeding gums:
Your at-home oral care routine is the single most effective way to prevent gum disease. Without brushing and flossing, plaque accumulates on teeth, which is made of living bacteria that can inflame and irritate the gums. This inflammation leads to gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the earliest and most reversible stage of gum disease, and one of the most common signs is bleeding gums. Your dentist can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to reverse the effects of gingivitis.
The longer bleeding gums are left untreated, the more likely the infection will spread further down the gums and into the tooth roots. Bacteria may settle even further into this tissue, increasing your risk of bone and tooth loss.
Bleeding gums may also be caused by certain types of medications. Aspirin, birth control, and blood pressure medication can cause bleeding gums, and it may not be a symptom of gum disease. Make sure you let your dentist know so they can take steps to ensure they take precautions to prevent your gums from bleeding during teeth cleanings.
Women who are pregnant are at an increased risk of developing gingivitis due to changing hormones in the body. If you are pregnant and notice any changes in your oral health, make an appointment with your dentist. Keeping your own oral health in check will help keep your baby safe and healthy.
When Do I Need to See a Dentist for Bleeding Gums?
It is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental exam, screening, and professional dental cleaning.
However, if you notice any changes in your dental health, you may want to schedule an appointment with our team. Hires Dental Care in Toledo, OH is a full-service family dental practice committed to helping you achieve healthier teeth and gums. We can work with you to restore health and balance to your smile.
To schedule an appointment, you can call 419.365.2217 or request an appointment online.