5 Reasons your gums might bleed…

Posted on March 11, 2019 by Dr. Michael Arnett, DDS

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

Seeing some red in the sink after brushing or flossing may raise an eyebrow or two. It may seem
like your gums are bleeding for no reason. But before you venture down the rabbit hole of what-ifs,
consider these common causes of gum bleeding.

Vigorous Toothbrushing
The extra oomph you’ve put into your brushing since your most recent visit may be the first place
to look. Instead of brushing with the vigor you’d use while scrubbing a stack of plates after
Thanksgiving, aim for gentle and patient: place the bristles along your gums at a 45-degree angle,
and gently brush two to three teeth at a time.

Inadequate or Forceful Flossing
Changing your flossing routine can also cause your gums to bleed. If you’ve returned to regular
flossing after a little hiatus or if you’re flossing more forcefully than usual, bleeding is common.
Remember to floss daily and with ease.

Medication
Some over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, as well as prescription drugs, like blood
thinners, may lead to gum bleeding. Be sure to let us know which medications you’re taking, and
keep us in the loop if you and your healthcare provider change your medications.

Vitamin Deficiency
A deficiency in vitamins is a common factor in gum bleeding. Vitamin A helps form your teeth and
protects your mouth’s membranes; vitamin C helps maintain the health of your teeth and gums;
and vitamin K ensures your blood clots. If you’ve upped your hygiene game but still spot blood
after brushing, try adding more vitamin-rich foods to your diet.

Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum bleeding, as well as swelling and tenderness, is a common symptom of gingivitis and
periodontitis. Often due to poor oral hygiene, both gingivitis and the more-serious periodontitis do
require treatment.

When It’s Time for a Visit
If you make changes to your oral health routine but the bleeding doesn’t improve within 10 days,
it’s best to come in for a visit. Give us a call at 816-741-6000 or schedule your next visit.

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