Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
Do you notice there is always a pink tint to the water when you rinse your mouth after brushing? If so, then you may have bleeding gums. While it is never a good thing to experience this, bleeding gums can occur from time to time, especially if you brush too vigorously or your toothbrush is too hard. It can be concerning when you experience it frequently, and it is usually an indication that something else is going on with your oral health.
What Can Cause Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums is one of the biggest warning signs that you may have gum disease — an infection in your gums and along the gumline that is created by a buildup of bacteria and plaque. When your gums bleed, it is an indication that you may be in the beginning stages of this disease. Gums also bleed:
- During pregnancy due to fluctuating hormones
- When you introduce flossing into your routine
- After taking medications such as blood thinners
- If you have a vitamin deficiency
How to Help Bleeding Gums
The first step after you notice that your gums are bleeding is to evaluate your oral hygiene routine. Are you perhaps brushing too vigorously and causing trauma to your gums? You should be brushing gently twice a day for two minutes, moving the brush back and forth at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to brush the outer, inner, and chewing surfaces of the teeth using a soft-bristled toothbrush. We also recommend using dental floss daily to help remove any lingering bacteria between the teeth. Be sure to gently glide the dental floss between the teeth, not using extreme force to push the floss into the gumline. If your gums are bleeding, you can also rinse your mouth with warm salt water to help soothe the area.
If you experience bleeding gums or any other issue that is concerning, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office located in Canandaigua, NY to schedule an appointment. We want to help keep your oral health in optimum shape for many years to come. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon.