Are you seeing some red in the sink after brushing or flossing? It may seem like your gums are bleeding for no apparent reason. But before you venture down the rabbit hole of what-ifs, consider these common causes of gum bleeding.
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gum bleeding, as well as swelling and tenderness, is a common symptom of gingivitis and periodontitis. Often due to poor oral hygiene, both gingivitis and the more-serious periodontitis do require dental treatment. These types of diseases, if untreated, have been linked to other more serious illnesses, like Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Heart Disease.
Inadequate or Forceful Flossing
Changing your flossing routine can also cause your gums to bleed. If you’ve returned to regular flossing after a little hiatus or if you’re flossing more forcefully than usual, bleeding is common. Remember to floss daily and with ease.
Some over-the-counter medications, including aspirin, as well as prescription drugs, like blood thinners, may lead to gum bleeding. Be sure to let us know which medications you’re taking, and keep us in the loop if you and your healthcare provider change your medications.
A deficiency in vitamins is a common factor in gum bleeding. Vitamin A helps form your teeth and protects your mouth’s membranes; vitamin C helps maintain the health of your teeth and gums; and vitamin K ensures your blood accumulates in order to heal. If you’ve upped your hygiene game but still spot blood after brushing, check with your healthcare provider about adding more vitamin-rich foods to your diet.
The extra oomph you’ve put into your brushing since your most recent visit may be the first place to look. Instead of brushing with the strength you use while scrubbing a stack of plates after Thanksgiving, aim for moderate and even force: place the bristles along your gums at a 45-degree angle, and gently brush two to three teeth at a time.
When to schedule your visit with Las Vegas Dentistry
If you’ve made the proper changes to your oral health routine but your gums have not improved within 10 days, it’s best to let Dr. Dhesi evaluate the issue. Give us a call at (702) 870-3818 or schedule your visit here.