Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Brushing your teeth or flossing shouldn’t make your gums bleed, but it can happen occasionally. If you’ve noticed your gums bleeding more than normal when you clean your teeth, eat, or drink, there may be an issue that needs to be addressed. Keep reading for more information on why your gums might be bleeding and what you can do about it. 


Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums, usually caused by too much plaque at the gumline. Symptoms include red and swollen gums, pain, and bleeding. Gingivitis is the precursor to more serious gum disease, and taking care of your teeth will help stop it from becoming a more significant issue. Good dental hygiene includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and using an antibacterial mouthwash. 


Periodontitis is a more severe type of gum disease that can come after gingivitis. With periodontitis, gums will experience even more inflammation and possible infection. They can even begin to separate from the teeth. Periodontal disease can lead to loose teeth, bad breath, and painful, swollen gums if left untreated. 


Diabetes can reduce your body’s ability to fight infection. Typically, the body attacks germs in the mouth that can lead to gum disease and infections; with diabetes, that doesn’t happen, so germs and bacteria are left to cause infection of the gums. Additionally, high blood sugar affects healing abilities, so even mild gingivitis can become severe quite quickly. 

Lack of Vitamins

Vitamins and minerals are essential to human health, and not getting enough of them can lead to poor oral health. For example, a lack of vitamin C can lead to weak bones and tissue and a decreased ability to heal wounds. 

Wrong Toothbrush

Using the right toothbrush will go a long way in preventing bleeding gums. Look for soft-bristled brushes, and ensure that you don’t brush too hard. Ask your dentist about toothbrush recommendations for sensitive or bleeding gums. 

Contact Whiting Dental Arts

If making dental hygiene changes hasn’t solved your bleeding gum problem, it’s a good idea to seek professional assistance. If you live on the North Shore of Massachusetts, the trusted family dentist at Whiting Dental Arts can assist with everything from routine cleanings to emergency dental care. Give us a call today at (781) 595-0596  to set up an appointment or fill out an online form

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