Why Are My Gums Bleeding

Why Are My Gums Bleeding

There are several potential reasons why your gums may be bleeding, ranging from minor issues to more serious dental conditions. Here are some common causes of gum bleeding:

1. Gingivitis:Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and is characterized by inflammation of the gums. One of the most common symptoms of gingivitis is bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing. Gingivitis is usually caused by poor oral hygiene habits that lead to the buildup of plaque and tartar along the gumline.

2. Periodontal Disease: If gingivitis is left untreated, it can progress to a more advanced form of gum disease known as periodontitis. Periodontitis causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, forming pockets where bacteria can accumulate and cause infection. This can lead to severe gum recession, bone loss, and eventually tooth loss.

3. Brushing Too Hard:Brushing your teeth with too much force or using a toothbrush with hard bristles can irritate the gums and cause them to bleed. It's important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and gentle brushing motions to avoid damaging the delicate gum tissue.

4. Flossing Improperly:Flossing too aggressively or using improper flossing technique can also cause the gums to bleed. Be sure to gently guide the floss between your teeth and curve it into a C shape around each tooth, avoiding snapping or forcing the floss into the gums. Call us to learn more.

5. Hormonal Changes:Hormonal changes, such as those that occur during pregnancy or puberty, can increase blood flow to the gums and make them more prone to bleeding. This is known as pregnancy gingivitis and typically resolves after childbirth or once hormone levels stabilize.

6. Medications: Certain medications, such as blood thinners or anticoagulants, can increase the likelihood of gum bleeding. If you're taking any medications, talk to your doctor or dentist in Phoenix, AZ about potential side effects and ways to manage them.

7. Vitamin Deficiency:A deficiency in vitamins C or K can contribute to gum bleeding. Vitamin C is essential for maintaining healthy gums and collagen production, while vitamin K is important for blood clotting. Eating a balanced diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and leafy greens can help ensure you're getting an adequate intake of these vitamins.

If you're experiencing persistent gum bleeding, it's important to schedule an appointment with your dentist in 85053 for a thorough checkup. Your dentist can identify the underlying cause of the bleeding and recommend appropriate treatment to restore your gum health.

To learn more, call Phoenix Family Dentistry at (602) 755-6684 for an appointment in our Phoenix office.


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