Why Do My Gums Bleed When Flossing?

Do your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss your teeth? It could be because of something simple, like using the wrong technique when you brush or floss. Or, it could be a sign of a health condition you need to check out. Brushing too vigorously, injury, pregnancy, and inflammation can all contribute to bleeding gums. Bleeding gums can also be a sign or periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is more commonly known as gum disease, and typically results from inadequate plaque removal over time.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

Identifying the cause of bleeding gums is key to determining the right treatment method. There are numerous factors that can be the reason for your gums bleeding while brushing or flossing.

  • Gingivitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the gums
  • Brushing too hard or your toothbrush isn’t soft enough
  • Began a flossing routine that your gums aren’t used to yet
  • Taking certain medications, like blood thinners
  • Having inflamed gums because you’re pregnant (pregnancy gingivitis)
  • Dentures that don’t fit well
  • Faulty dental restorations

Tips to Stop Gums From Bleeding

As with most oral health issues, the best way to combat them is by focusing on preventative dental care by following these tips:

  • Practice good oral hygiene by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day.
  • Rinse with hydrogen peroxide after brushing to help reduce gum inflammation
  • Stop smoking. Smoking is a leading cause of gum disease, among putting you at a higher risk for lung cancer, heart disease, or stroke. According to the CDC, smokers are at twice the risk for gum disease, compared to someone who doesn’t smoke.
  • Increase your intake of vitamin C and Vitamin K by eating foods like red peppers, carrots, spinach, and kale.
  • Eat foods with less sugar and carbs. Carbohydrates and sugary goods encourage plaque and growth of bacteria which can accumulate on your gums.

Treatment Options

If you have actively focused on improving you oral health to reduce bleeding gums and haven’t seen improvement after 14 days, it is possible you have periodontal (gum) disease and need to see a dentist. Your dentist office can provide a deep cleaning to remove plaque build up and tartar. Learn more about periodontal disease using the link below, or schedule an appointment with Peak Dental, today.

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