On occasions you may notice when rinsing your mouth after brushing or flossing signs of blood, or you may even taste the blood. Blood occurring in these sorts of situations is not necessarily bad but if it happens almost every time you go through your teeth cleaning routines. The best thing to do is to arrange an appointment with your dentist who will be able to diagnose the cause of the bleeding and set your mind at rest and suggest a treatment option.
Causes of bleeding gums
Unfortunately, despite eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary products and soft drinks, gum disease can occur, which could result in bleeding gums. The positive side to this is that the early stage of gum disease called gingivitis is quite treatable. It is when you have failed to eliminate the plaque from the surface of your teeth during routine brushing and flossing sessions. Bacteria that thrive in plaque can lead to gingivitis. This condition is when you may experience swollen gums which become tender and may even bleed when you brush and floss. This early stage of gum disease can be reversed if you keep up more regular flossing and brushing routines and go to your dentist to have a professional clean when all the damaging plaque and tartar is removed.
Blood thinning medications
Some medications are known to cause bleeding gums. This includes blood thinners prescribed to individuals to help to decrease the chance of blood clots forming. When you are brushing your teeth and you are taking blood thinner medications your gums may bleed more easily. You should tell your dentist about the problem so a solution can be found.
Back to flossing after a break
If you have neglected to floss your teeth for a while and then re-start you could experience bleeding gums for a short period.
Choosing the wrong toothbrush
Some people believe a nice hard, new toothbrush is best for teeth cleaning. This is not always the case. If you find your gums bleed you should revert to a softer bristled tooth brush which will be far kinder to your gums. If you are not sure what sort of toothbrush suits your teeth ask some advice from your dentist who will point you in the right direction.
Pregnancy and bleeding gums
A few women going through the various stages of a pregnancy may find that their gums become swollen and unexpectedly bleed. This is referred to as pregnancy gingivitis and is known to take place due to changes in hormone activity experienced while pregnant, which affects the way the body responds to the bacteria that may cause gum disease.
What you should do if your gums bleed
If you are experiencing bleeding gums, you shouldn’t leave it until the gingivitis has got out of hand, but you should rigorously maintain your flossing and brushing routine and arrange an appointment with your dentist to discuss the cause and treatment options.