Blood on toothbrush and toothpaste

Bleeding gums, a sign of gum disease

Periodontal (gum) disease is one of the most prevalent non-communicable diseases which have a negative impact on the quality of life, and they are the main causes of tooth/teeth loss.

Is it bad for my gums to bleed?

It would be best if you never ignored bleeding gums. It might feel normal to find a small amount of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink, this however is usually the first symptom of gum disease which may lead to tooth/teeth loss.

What causes my gums to bleed?

  • The number one reason for bleeding gums is gum disease. The bacteria which are in the plaque are irritating gums causing its inflammation, swelling, and bleeding.
  • Aggressive brushing may result in bleeding gums. When bristles on your toothbrush are bent, it may indicate that you brush too hard.
  • Hormonal changes as in the pregnancy can cause bleeding gums.
  • Some medications and supplements can cause gums enlargement and bleeding.

How can I prevent or treat bleeding gums?

Prevention is best to avoid gum problems. There are some easy tips to follow to prevent sore, swollen and bleeding gums:

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, making sure to follow proper brushing technique. You can always book an oral hygiene appointment if you are not sure which brushing technique to apply.
  2. Use interdental brushes or dental floss to remove bacteria in between teeth as a toothbrush won’t reach these spaces.
  3. Book regular examinations and cleaning appointments with your dentist or dental hygienist.
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet which includes Vitamin C and calcium. Avoid sugary and sticky food; rinse your mouth with water after eating.
  5. Quit smoking and decrease alcohol intake.

Got any more questions?

Please feel free to contact Parkhill Dental, Torquay to schedule your appointment today.

By Dr Agata Ciukiewicz

Bleeding gums signs of gum disease

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