We’ve all been there. You’re brushing your teeth, or flossing for the first time after a hiatus, and you notice your gums bleeding. Unfortunately, if this is a recurrent symptom, it can be indicative of bigger issues with your oral health. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of bleeding gums and what you can do to improve their health.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
There are many factors that may be contributing to bleeding gums. The most common is the early stage of gum disease, which affects 50% of American adults. Gum disease is almost always a result of poor oral hygiene. Without proper brushing and flossing, bacteria will build up between the teeth and gums and eventually turn to plaque. Plaque gathers around the gum line, causing them to become swollen and inflamed.
Although gum disease is the most common reason for bleeding, there are other situations that may cause this discomfort. Bleeding gums frequently appear during early pregnancy. Even with a record of impeccable oral hygiene, hormonal changes make gum tissues more sensitive. Teeth grinding can also cause gums to bleed at night. Finally, brushing too harshly or not flossing often enough can result in bleeding.
Is There a Solution?
Although there isn’t an instant fix, the best way to treat bleeding gums is to improve your oral hygiene. A thorough dental cleaning, or scaling, will help remove all the plaque below your gum line and give you a clean slate. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily will greatly improve your oral health. Finally, using an antibacterial mouthwash to rinse your mouth will help prevent bacterial build-up.
If you notice your gums are still bleeding with a regular oral hygiene regimen, one or more teeth feel loose, or you have irregular growths on your gums, don’t hesitate to make an appointment. Severe gum disease increases your risk of diabetes, heart disease, and tooth loss. Dental appointments aren’t just for your pearly whites! Your gums play a big factor in whole body wellness.