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Causes of Bleeding Gums

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Spektor Dental
Causes of Bleeding GumsLet's say you notice pink in your sink when you brush your teeth or see bleeding in your gums after flossing. You may wonder what is causing your mouth to bleed and whether it is serious. Gums bleed for a variety of reasons. Many dental problems, such as gum disease, require immediate attention. Others are less serious, and you may be able to stop bleeding gums by changing your daily brushing and flossing routine.

Other Causes of Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums can also be caused by blood-thinning medications. Thinners reduce the blood's ability to clot, causing easier bleeding, including at the gum line. If your gums bleed after flossing, and they've never bled before, flossing might be the cause. Take a few days off from flossing or increase your frequency of flossing per week, and you might notice minor gum bleeding. After a couple of flossing sessions, the bleeding should stop on its own. New toothbrushes can also cause gum bleeding. Bleeding is sometimes your gum's way of telling you to take it easy if you switch from soft to hard bristles. The ingredients in processed foods may irritate gums and cause minor bleeding. Choose healthier alternatives instead. Besides fruits and vegetables, foods rich in calcium, vitamins C and D, and magnesium are essential for oral health. Constant agitation and anxiety compromise the immune system, making it harder to ward off a variety of issues, including bleeding gums and gum disease. Stress causes inflammation in the body, particularly in the blood vessels. Soft tissues in your mouth are broken down, further slowing the healing process for bleeding gums. Try to reduce your stress levels whenever possible.

Gingivitis and Pregnancy Gingivitis

Gum disease begins with gingivitis. Tender and swollen gums, and sometimes bleeding gums when brushing and flossing. The gum line gets infected when plaque isn't properly removed. Bacteria in this sticky plaque can cause bleeding and sensitivity. Before gingivitis becomes periodontitis, the advanced form of gum disease, it can be stopped and reversed. Proper oral care can prevent gingivitis bleeding. Stay on top of your dental check-ups and brush and floss regularly. Pregnancy hormones increase blood flow to your gums, making them more susceptible to plaque and bacteria. The result is often tender gums and bleeding gums during brushing. Gum bleeding associated with pregnancy gingivitis usually stops after pregnancy.

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