Healthy gums don’t bleed, so it’s not normal to see blood in your saliva when brushing or flossing. It can be an early sign of gum disease, so be sure to talk to your dentist if you experience bleeding gums while brushing.
Why Are Your Gums Bleeding While Brushing Your Teeth?
Bleeding around your gums and teeth can occur for many reasons, and not all of them are a sign of a serious condition. Some of these reasons may include, but are not limited to:
Gingivitis: Gingivitis causes swollen, tender and bleeding gums. This is the first stage of periodontal disease or gum disease. This occurs when plaque is not removed by brushing or flossing that has infected the gums. However, this condition can be treated by a dentist. The main cause of gingivitis is poor oral hygiene.
Dental routine changes: If you don’t floss regularly, you may experience bleeding in the gums between your teeth. But the bleeding should stop when you return to regular care. If it doesn’t stop, you should contact your dentist.
Brushing and flossing too aggressively: Brushing or flossing with too much pressure can cause your teeth and gums to bleed. But that doesn’t mean you have to stop doing these things. Instead, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and use a softer touch. The bleeding should stop in about a week.
Medications: If you are taking blood-thinning medication, you may experience bleeding gums. These drugs reduce your body’s ability to clot blood, which causes bleeding. You should let your dentist know what medications you are taking, and if bleeding becomes serious you should contact your doctor immediately.
If any of the above four things apply to you, contact us for a review of your overall oral health.