Causes of Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums can be easy to overlook. However, if you notice that your gums bleed when you brush, floss or even eat, you may be at an increased risk of developing periodontal disease. Other potentially serious conditions have also been associated with bleeding gums.
Most often, bleeding gums are caused by poor dental hygiene. As plaque, tartar and bacteria accumulate on teeth, the gums will become inflamed. This inflammation can result in increased sensitivity that leaves gums prone to irritation and bleeding. Aggressive brushing or flossing, hormonal changes, certain nutritional deficiencies and blood thinner use can also trigger gum bleeding.
Regular dental checkups at least twice a year and good daily dental hygiene can reduce your risk of suffering from bleeding gums. Use a soft-bristled brush for gentle cleaning and fluoride toothpaste to control plaque. Floss at least one a day to reduce plaque in areas that are hard to reach with brushing alone, and limit snacking between meals.
If you smoke, our dentist may recommend quitting since smoking can increase your risk of gum disease and interfere with healing. Contact us today to schedule your next appointment with our dentist in Northridge or to learn more.