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Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

HomeGum HealthWhy Are My Gums Bleeding?

Maybe this sounds familiar: you’re minding your own business brushing or flossing your teeth when all of a sudden, your mouth is bleeding! In addition to being unsettling, bleeding gums can be a sign of a serious condition — or just that you’ve flossed too vigorously! Dr. Cutting and our team put together the following information to help you learn more about why gums bleed and what you can do to avoid bleeding gums.

man covering his mouth with his hand to hide bleeding gums

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

There are many reasons your gums may be bleeding ranging from pregnancy and inflammation to vigorous brushing or injury. In order to treat bleeding gums, we will need to determine the cause. If you notice that your gums only bleed occasionally, there is likely no cause for concern. However, regular bleeding can be a sign of gum disease.

Bleeding Gums & Gum Disease

In its beginning stages, gum disease can be treated and even reversed. In its more advanced stages, gum disease can lead to tooth and bone loss. Because the condition is serious, prompt diagnosis and treatment are very important. The warning signs of gum disease include gums that are tender, red, swollen and bleed easily. Our team may treat gum disease with a professional cleaning that removes plaque and tartar from under your gum line.

How Can You Stop Gums From Bleeding?

Stopping your gums from bleeding may be as simple as adjusting the way you brush, or as complicated as treating advanced gum disease. Once our team has determined the reason your gums are bleeding, we can begin treatment to treat the issue at its source.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

In many cases, better oral hygiene can keep your gums from bleeding. Make sure that you and your loved ones are brushing teeth twice each day, flossing every day, and visiting our office regularly for professional cleanings and exams. To schedule an appointment or ask us any questions, call us today!

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John Cutting, DMD is an Annapolis dentist experienced in all aspects of dentistry. He provides complete care from general dentistry to cosmetic and restorative dentistry in his conveniently located and comfortable office, Edgewater Dental Arts.