Bleeding gums when brushing is a far more common occurrence than you might think; it’s usually simply because your gums are inflamed. While inflamed gums can sometimes be linked to an infection or a serious systemic problem like leukemia or a virus, the likely cause is gingivitis. The good news? This can be eliminated by improving your oral care at home, or with a thorough dental cleaning by your dentist!
The solution to bleeding gums is often as simple as upping your brushing and flossing technique, flossing more frequently or switching to a good electric toothbrush. Keep in mind, gingivitis is often reversible. Also keep in mind that when left unaddressed, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which deteriorates your teeth’s supporting structures and often leads to tooth loss.
While periodontal disease is difficult to reverse, gingivitis is not. If you notice bleeding gums, don’t panic – floss more often, brush more thoroughly, and use mouthwash regularly. And as always, if the problem persists, come in and see us!