Why your Gums Bleed and what you can do about it

why do gums bleedServing areas of Bellevue, Newcastle, and Medina WA

Bleeding gums or pink in the sink is common among many adults. Even if there is no pain associated with the bleeding, you should see the dentist for an evaluation. Today on the blog, general dentists in Bellevue at Spektor Dental are sharing why gums bleed and what can be done about it.

  • Your Toothbrush is Worn Out– If your toothbrush is old, the bristles may be frayed and worn,  causing them to jab your gums when brushing. Not only could using an old toothbrush injure your gums, but it also is ineffective at removing plaque buildup.  Swap your toothbrush for a new one every three months to ensure it cleans your teeth effectively.
  • You Brush Too Hard – Vigorously brushing your teeth could cause bleeding gums. Just because you brush harder does not mean you will have cleaner teeth. Instead, brush your teeth using gentle pressure as you move the toothbrush in circular motions, not back and forth, which could damage your gums.
  • You Never Floss – Occasional flossing or not flossing at all could cause bleeding gums, even if you only miss a couple of days. The good news is that once you resume flossing every day, gum sensitivity and bleeding should subside. If gum tenderness and bleeding continue, contact our Bellevue dental office for an appointment. You could have gum disease, which requires professional dental treatments to prevent it from worsening.
  • Gingivitis – Nearly half of adults in the U.S. have gum disease, which begins as gingivitis. The first signs of this common oral disease are gum inflammation and bleeding. Fortunately, it can be reversed with good oral hygiene and regular dental checkups and cleanings.
  • Periodontitis – Neglecting your oral health increases your risk of developing periodontitis or gum disease. At this point, the disease is not reversible, although our Medina area periodontist provides treatments to manage this condition. We recommend seeing a dentist regularly if you have periodontitis. Ignoring gum disease could increase your risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

How can I prevent my gums from bleeding?

The good news is that you can prevent bleeding gums by practicing good oral hygiene at home and visiting Spektor Dental regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Maintain healthy gums and a confident smile by following our oral care checklist below
  • Brush at least twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Choose fresh fruits, vegetables and dairy for snacks
  • Limit or avoid sugar-laden foods and drinks
  • Avoid tobacco use
  • Reduce your stress levels
  • Visit your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings

Bleeding gums may be a sign of a serious oral health condition that could worsen if you ignore it. Research links gum disease to other health-related diseases, so ignoring your bleeding gums could have serious consequences for your overall health. We offer periodontal treatment for various stages of gum disease. Call Spektor Dental today at (425) 454-1322 to schedule an appointment if you experience pink in the sink, tender or inflamed gums. We are conveniently located in Bellevue, near Newcastle and Medina.