Bleeding Gums? When to Worry

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Bleeding Gums? When to Worry

Have you noticed your gums bleeding during brushing or flossing? No need to panic just yet. There are a few things that could be the cause so let’s narrow them down and get to the bottom of things! Then we can see if it’s time to contact your dentist at Brush Dental and make an appointment.

Gingivitis:

If you have noticed that your gums are swollen, sore, or are easily irritated and bleed during brushing it could very well be gingivitis. Gingivitis is the precursor to gum disease and should not be taken lightly. Gingivitis occurs due to residual plaque on teeth that infect the gums and can wreak serious havoc. It’s essential to address gingivitis before it develops into gum disease by making an appointment with your dentist and honing in on your oral hygiene. 

Dental Care Routine:

If you have recently picked up flossing for hopefully not the first time but maybe the first time in a long time you can expect some blood and discomfort. This is because you’re performing an invasive cleaning routine that you haven’t in some time. The same can be said if you have changed the type of brush you’re using to a firmer bristled brush.  As you continue to practice these oral hygiene habits your gums will adapt and cease bleeding. However, if they continue to bleed it may be time to seek help from your dental team

Pregnancy

Even though Pregnancy Gingivitis tends to fall off the radar it is very real and can happen to many women. Hormones are running rampid and can affect how our bodies react to bacteria in the mouth. It’s imperative to continue to practice good oral hygiene habits (especially the women with morning sickness) and to see your dentist regularly for scheduled dental cleanings

Medical:

Have you been experiencing a myriad of symptoms? It’s possible that your gums can be bleeding as part of a preexisting illness. It is even more likely that your gums could be bleeding due to medications you are taking due to an illness. If you are taking a new medicine or if you are experiencing bleeding gums with other symptoms it may be time to consult your dentist and physician to get to the root of the problem. 

Bleeding gums can be due to a variety of reasons. It’s no reason to worry right away. Stop and think about your oral hygiene routine and if there are any contributing factors as to why they might be bleeding. If you’ve gone through the list and you feel like the bleeding is severe it is time to consult your local dentist at Brush Dental in Seattle and set up an appointment to prevent future dental disease.

Thanks for taking the time to learn! Invest in yourself and make habits that will benefit you and your loved ones for not only this year but years to come. If you have questions, or would like to set up an appointment, don’t hesitate to call us at (206) 203-9385 or reach us online!

Jeff Knudson, DDS

Jeff Knudson, DDS

As a Seattle area native, I could not be more thrilled and honored to serve my hometown. Dentistry is a true passion in my life and I am committed to providing the best dental care in all of Seattle. I have often been told that I could “talk teeth all day” – and it’s true!

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