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If you have bleeding gums, there are many different things it might mean, but it should never be overlooked. As you evaluate your gums, consider that the cause may be one or more of the following things:

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a condition that often develops when the plaque on your teeth begins to irritate your gums. The only way to prevent this is to keep up with your six month checkups. During these appointments, your dentist and hygienist will scrape the plaque off the surfaces of your teeth. If you do not keep up with these appointments, the disease could advance into later stages of the disease that could eventually cause loose and lost teeth.

Flossing: If you don’t floss very often, flossing could make your gums bleed. This is because your gums aren’t used to the small string working against them. And generally, your gums are very sensitive if you do not floss regularly, so it’s common to bleed when you floss. The only way to fix this is to floss more on a regular basis.

Brushing: Sometimes brushing extremely hard with a new toothbrush can cause your gums to bleed. If this happens, try to be softer as you brush. This will prevent the bleeding.

Tobacco Products: Tobacco products are very harmful to your gums. People who smoke are very likely to develop gum disease, and they are also likely to suffer from numerous mouth sores. Both of these conditions can make your gums bleed, and the best way to prevent it is to quit using tobacco products. If you need help quitting, we are happy to help you.

If you have bleeding gums, come into our office today and talk to your dentist about the possible causes. It’s important to treat the cause as fast as possible so you can finally have strong, healthy gums. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, call our office today!