Everything You Need to Know About Bleeding Gums

Do your gums tend to bleed every time you brush or floss? Sensitive gums that bleed are far more common than you may think but there are several underlying factors that could be at play here. Depending on the root cause of your bleeding gums, we can either recommend a few simple remedies or commence a more intensive process!

One of the most common causes for bleeding gums is gingivitis. This is a condition that occurs with an accumulation of plaque along your gum and teeth. Naturally, if this buildup is neglected and your daily flossing isn’t observed, your gums will eventually get infected. This will lead to them bleeding each time they undergo any stimulation.

Taking this into consideration, the most straightforward fix would be to brush and floss regularly! We’d recommend gently brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing daily for a minimum of two weeks if you want to notice an observable difference!

Gums still bleeding after regular care? This suggests the need for a more thorough cleaning! You likely have a tartar buildup lying under the surface of the gum. Despite flossing regularly, it’s always best to visit a clinic at least every 6 months for a professional cleaning. At Wyndham Dental, we make it a point to measure the gum pockets around your teeth. If they’re too deep, your daily flossing won’t be able to reach the buildup accumulating beneath and a deep cleaning would be necessary.

Bleeding gums and gum disease, while common, is a serious issue that could be an indicator of a far greater health matter like respiratory/heart health, diabetes, infections and more. If, after professional cleaning, your bleeding gums still persist, it could be due to an underlying health issue (like an iron deficiency, for example). Book your appointment today so we can give you the best tips on how to handle your bleeding gums!