Why do my gums bleed?
This seems to be a big, maybe even reoccurring problem for many, yet that question we think every time it happens ‘Why do my gums bleed?’ is still unanswered for many. So it’s finally time to find out what could be causing your gums to bleed and how to treat/prevent it.
Why are my gums bleeding?
Many people think bleeding gums is an automatic sign of gum disease; Yes, it can definitely be a possibility, it isn’t always the sole cause. Their are many other health problems that can cause gums to bleed.
- Brushing too vigorously – Bleeding gums can be caused by something so simple like brushing too hard. To help control this, you can use a soft, bristle brush; brush slowly using gentle back and forth movements at a 45 degree angle. Or invest in a Oral B smart series electric toothbrush. This toothbrush lets you know when you’re brushing too hard. If you know this is something you are prone to doing, invest in this smart toothbrush. Have a read of Are electric toothbrushes better than manual? to see all the other benefits of using an electric toothbrush.
- Wearing poorly fitted dentures- If dentures do not fit correctly, they will be rubbing against the gums, making them sore and maybe even causing some bleeding. If you believe your dentures could be the cause, see your dentist or dental technician as soon as possible. It may be time for some new dentures.
Dental Conditions that causes bleeding gums
Their are a few dental conditions that could be the root cause to ‘ Why do my gums bleed?’
- Gingivitis- This is usually caused when plaque stays on the gums for too long. The only way to prevent this, is to make sure your are brushing and flossing regularly and visiting a dental hygienist. – Pregnancy Gingivitis – This is very common during pregnancy, in fact over half of pregnant women experience this. This is partly caused by the hormone changes – it can cause the gums to be more sensitive to the bacteria in the plaque.
- Periodontitis- Periodontitis disease occurs when gingivitis becomes advanced. It is an infection of the gums, jawbone and supportive tissue that connects the teeth and gums. Periodontitis can lead to teeth become loose, and in some severe cases tooth lose.
Personal health problems can also be reasons as to ‘Why do my gums bleed?’ for instance:
- Vitamin K and C deficiencies – can also cause bleeding gums. Please consult your doctor if you think your bleeding gums are not caused by improper dental care. Making sure your diet contains a good balance of vitamins enables you to stay healthy.
Bleeding gums can also be a sign or a more serious illness, like:
- Hemophilia (Impairs the body’s ability to make blood clots)
- Leukemia (Cancer of the blood)
Blood – thinning medication can also cause bleeding gums, like warfarin and aspirin.
How do I know for sure why my gums are bleeding
Book an appointment with your dentist. They can do a physical examination and determine whether the bleeding gums are down to an underlying issue.
Treatment for bleeding gums
The first thing to prevent bleeding gums, is good oral hygiene; visiting your dentist at least once a year and your dental hygienist, using a soft bristle or electric toothbrush. By visiting your dentist on a regular basis, they will be able to show you how to clean your teeth correctly and thoroughly, and pick up on any oral diseases early on. Treatments will very depending to your condition.
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