Why Do My Gums Bleed?
You are just about finished brushing your teeth and you spit into the sink. Then, you notice blood.
You might be asking yourself, “Why do my gums bleed?”
According to a Sterling Heights Dentist, there is no single cause for bleeding gums. More often than not, bleeding gums (as well as other problems like swelling and pain in the gums) are symptoms of a larger problem.
Lack of Proper Oral Health Care
One possible reason why your gums are bleeding, especially after brushing your teeth, is that you have been brushing too vigorously.
You have to remember that gums are quite delicate and if you brush vigorously and/or use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you could damage your gums.
The best way to avoid this is to use soft, circular motions to brush your teeth and gums. You may also want to use a toothbrush with soft to medium bristles.
Another reason why your gums are bleeding is a poor flossing technique. Again, if you are not careful, you can damage your gums’ tissues. Instead of forcing the floss between your teeth, try to slide it carefully.
Bleeding gums is one symptom of gum disease. If you do not take good care of your teeth and gums and do not practice poor oral hygiene, you increase your risk of contracting gum disease.
If you experience other symptoms like loose and shifting teeth, changes in your bite, deep pockets between your teeth and gums, gum recession, and red and swollen gums, you most likely have gum disease and you need to see your dentist.
People who are undergoing chemotherapy can also expect bleeding gums as one of the side effects of the treatment.
Hormonal changes in women during their puberty, period, menopause and pregnancy can lead to gum problems like swelling, sensitivity and bleeding.
What can you do to prevent gum problems like bleeding?
One of the most important things that you need to remember is that your gums need as much TLC as your teeth.
Good oral hygiene can go a long way in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Remember to brush and floss your teeth regularly. It also helps to use an antiseptic mouthwash to keep the bacteria in your mouth in check.
Try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of vital nutrients like vitamin C and calcium and drink lots of water.
If you are a smoker, consider stopping your habit. Finally, find ways to relax your mind and body. Stress can lead to inflammation in your body.
For more information on why your gums bleed, contact your Sterling Heights dentist at Dental1Care today!