Bleeding gums are most often a sign of gum disease, but can also point to a number of other health problems. While they aren’t a cause for panic, they are a sign that you need to make positive changes to your oral health routine. Here are five causes of bleeding gums you should be aware of:
- Gingivitis – If you don’t brush your teeth or floss regularly, bacteria builds up around your teeth. As bacteria grow and move, they irritate your gums, causing gingivitis. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and the most common symptom is bleeding gums.
- Pregnancy – When a woman gets pregnant, changes in the hormones affect the entire body and gums are no exception. Hormonal changes can cause “pregnancy gingivitis.” The gums may swell up and become sensitive, causing bleeding when during brushing or flossing.
- Medicines – The medicines you take can make your gums more likely to bleed even if you have excellent brushing and flossing habits. Blood thinners and aspirin keep your blood from clots that stop bleeding. These medicines especially increase your risk of bleeding gums and may cause your gums to bleed for a long time after brushing.
- Dentures – People who wear dentures also may experience bleeding of the gums from time to time. This is more likely when the dentures are too small or fit too tightly. Consult your dentist or orthodontist if dentures or other oral appliances are causing your gums to bleed. You may need to take new impressions to create a better-fitting mouthpiece.
- New Health Routine – If you have just started a new oral health routine, such as brushing or flossing more often, your gums may bleed until your mouth gets used to the new habits. Brushing and flossing clears away bacteria and plaque from your gums. As you practice these good habits, you gums should bleed less and less and eventually stop altogether.
The most important thing to remember about any gum issues is that proper treatment starts with prevention and early detection. If your gum health indicates gum disease, we have available seasoned and skilled dentists in Waterloo, ON . Advance Dental Careis ready to help you restore your beautiful smile and maintain your oral health. We understand that bleeding gums can be worrisome. We will work to find the best treatment and solution for you!