Did you know that your mouth provides important clues about your health? If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you should pay attention to what that symptom might indicate about your health or oral hygiene habits. Read these five common reasons for bleeding gums and start making changes today.
Contact Dr. Marra at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry with questions or concerns about your gum health. If your gums bleed after making these changes, please make an appointment with Dr. Marra. Prolonged issues with bleeding gums can be a symptom of a more serious health issue.
Using a hard bristle toothbrush.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that a hard or firm bristle toothbrush is a more effective toothbrush. Firm bristles are more likely to wear away tooth enamel and your gums, especially if you apply a lot of pressure when brushing. Give your gums some TLC and switch to a soft bristle brush.
Changing your flossing habits.
If you have neglected your flossing routine for a while, you may notice bleeding when you start again. After a week or two your gums should toughen up and the bleeding should go away.
Taking certain medications.
Certain drugs, both over-the counter and prescription, increase the chance that your gums will bleed. Consult your family doctor or Dr. Marra at Huntersville Family & Cosmetic Dentistry if you think your medication is causing a side effect. Remember to notify your dental hygienist of any changes in medication before a dental cleaning or procedure.
Bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Commons signs of gingivitis include red, swollen gum and tender gums that often bleed when brushing or gums that recede or pull away from your teeth.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause gingivitis. Fluctuating hormones change how an expectant mother’s body responds to bacteria in the mouth, leading to swollen gums that bleed easily when brushing. After delivery, the symptoms should dissipate. A dental cleaning and consistent brushing and flossing should prevent the problem from getting worse.