It can be alarming.
Noticing that your gums are bleeding can be a shock. Of course, the first thing that comes to mind is the absolute worst-case scenario.
You might find yourself running to your dentist in a panic, hoping your smile won’t be affected.
While gum disease is a possible cause of bleeding gums, there are other explanations that may also be the cause. And the good news is, there are also several ways you can stop your bleeding gums.
What could it be?
If you notice your gums are bleeding, here are a few potential culprits:
- Your flossing routine
Any change in your flossing routine – from never flossing to flossing or going from flossing once a week to once a day – can cause bleeding gums. For example, if you haven’t flossed in weeks, your gums will most likely bleed when you resume.
Typically, plaque collects along your gums, so when you floss and remove this plaque, some bleeding can occur as you remove this food and plaque build up.
- Your medication
Several medications have blood thinning listed as a side effect, therefore, also making them a potential cause of bleeding gums. A blood thinning medication decreases the blood’s ability to clot, so bleeding occurs much easier.
- A new toothbrush.
Toothbrushes come in different bristle textures: soft, medium, and hard. While the way you brush matters, the texture of your toothbrush also plays a role in how hard your teeth are scrubbed.
Switching from a soft toothbrush to a firm toothbrush could cause some gum bleeding as your gums adjust.
What do you do?
Here is what you can do to help stop the bleeding:
- Check your tools.
If you’ve just bought a new toothbrush and it’s firmer than you previous one, it could be the culprit. Medium or firm bristles may feel like they’re cleaning your teeth better, but they could be doing damage.
Equally, your brushing technique could be to blame. Too much pressure can cause gums to bleed.
It’s also worth checking the condition of you toothbrush and when you last replaced it. If the bristles are starting to spread, or you can’t remember when you last bought a new one, it’s time for a replacement.
- Floss regularly.
Especially if you only experience bleeding gums when you floss, you may just need to floss more regularly.
Practice flossing at least once a day and try to remove as much plaque as possible. Gums can stop bleeding with regular flossing.
- Visit the dentist
If you ever have any question or fear regarding your teeth or gums, a visit to your dentist is always a smart idea.
Be sure to tell your dentist what medications you are taking and your oral care habits to help them better assist you. They can also discuss the type of toothbrush would be best for you.
Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of things, and subsequently, there are a variety of treatments options – both home remedies and treatment provided by your dentist.
If you experience bleeding gums, allow us to take care of you. Looking after your health is our priority.