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What Your Bleeding Gums Might Be Telling You

Last updated 5 years ago

Bleeding gums can be caused by a long list of conditions, including gum disease. If you notice that you have bleeding gums, schedule an evaluation with your dentist right away. The following oral health problems may all be the cause of your bleeding gums.

You are Brushing Too Hard
Regular brushing is a vital part of oral hygiene. However, using the wrong technique or toothbrush can actually cause more problems and lead to bleeding gums. Most medium- and hard-bristle toothbrushes are too rough for your mouth and can cause bleeding. Opt instead for a soft-bristle toothbrush that removes plaque without harming your gums. You should also remember to clean your teeth using a circular brushing motion.


You Have Poor Oral Hygiene
Poor dental hygiene is a leading cause of bleeding gums. Regular brushing is essential, but you’ll also need to include floss and mouthwash in your daily routine. If you experience bleeding gums, consider flossing and brushing on a more regular basis. This improvement in your dental hygiene may be enough to stop your bleeding gums for good.

You are Developing Gum Disease
Long-term exposure to plaque will cause gingivitis, or gum disease. This chronic swelling of the gums can cause frequent gum bleeding. Visit a dental professional promptly if you suspect that you have developed gingivitis.

You Have Advanced Gum Disease
Untreated cases of gingivitis eventually advance into periodontitis. This infection is characterized by gum recession, tooth decay, and daily bleeding. Visit a dentist right away if you notice the symptoms of periodontitis. With timely treatment, your dentist will be able to reverse your gum disease and preserve your teeth.

At Colorado Advanced Dentistry, we can identify and address the cause of your bleeding gums. Contact us at (720) 420-1103 if you have more questions about our dentistry procedures. You can also visit our website for more information about our dental office.


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