Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

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Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

Dentists recommend that we brush our teeth at least twice a day in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums, but what happens when we our gums bleed during our daily oral routine?

While several people believe that bleeding during brushing is relatively normal, that may not always be the case. Bleeding gums may be a sign of underlying gum disease. If you experience chronic bleeding gums, see the dentist.

Here are a few common causes of gum bleeding:

  1. Using hard bristled toothbrushes. Brushing our teeth roughly with firm bristles can irritate gums and cause them to recede. When gums recede, it exposes the root surface of the tooth, leading to sensitivity, increased risk of cavities, and tooth loss.
  2. Lack of Vitamin C. Regularly brushing teeth is not enough to maintain oral health, our diet affects it as well. Eating fruits and vegetables rich in Vitamin C helps keep the gum lining healthy and keeps bacteria away from the roots of the teeth.
  3. Neglecting to floss. Flossing helps remove materials that can cause infection, usually found in spaces between teeth. Neglecting to floss leads to bacteria settling in the gums, causing inflammation. While brushing may help, it primarily focuses on the tooth surface. Flossing cleans stubborn areas between our teeth and gums.
  4. Smoking. Smoking introduces irritating toxins to the mouth which can irritate gums and cause them to bleed. It also increases the risk of periodontal disease, a condition that affects the soft tissue and bone supporting the teeth.

woman-smoking Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

While these are four common causes of initial bleeding, greater health concerns may be involved. To discover potential, hidden health risks make an appointment with a caring dentist in Guelph. Dr. Urszula Barrios and our team of dedicated professionals offer cleaning, periodontics, and many more services. Please call our office at (519) 767-6453.