Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush & Floss?

January 31, 2022 2:27 am

It’s happened to many of us at least one time. You’re brushing your teeth and then you spit out the toothpaste and notice there’s a little bit of pink. Or maybe you’re flossing your teeth and then you see that your gums are bleeding slightly.

Gum Disease

The truth of the matter is that healthy gums should not bleed. Bleeding gums is one of the common signs of gum disease, also called periodontal disease. Gum disease occurs when there’s a buildup of plaque around your gumline, which causes inflammation and bleeding. It’s important to treat gum disease earlier rather than later, before your oral tissues are damaged.

The first stage is called gingivitis and it can usually be reversed with improved oral hygiene. Periodontitis and severe periodontitis require additional treatment, such as antibiotics, deep cleanings, or laser therapy to eliminate the bacteria and treat the tissue damage.

Inadequate Dental Hygiene

How often are you brushing and flossing your teeth? If you’re not keeping up with a healthy dental routine, it’s possible that bacteria and plaque are building up in your mouth and irritating your gums, ultimately causing your gums to bleed due to gum disease. Make sure you’re brushing twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day!

Improper Dental Technique

Not only should you be brushing and flossing often enough, but you need to make sure you’re using the right technique. Brushing too hard can actually cause damage to your gums. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush gently, especially around your gums. Many patients find that using an electric toothbrush can help improve their technique.

Underlying Health Issue

Bleeding gums can also indicate a nutritional deficiency or bleeding disorder. If you improve your oral hygiene and dental technique and still experience bleeding gums, talk to your primary care provider. They can help pinpoint any untreated medical conditions you may have.

Consult with Our Team!

If you’ve noticed that your gums bleed during your dental routine, we invite you to schedule an appointment with our team at Ryan Dental in Olathe. We provide a wide array of treatments, including periodontal therapy, and can come up with a personalized plan to improve your gum health. Contact us today to schedule your visit!


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