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  • 12 June 2015

  • Family dentistry

Bleeding gums

If you notice blood on your toothbrush or floss, or even in the sink when brushing your teeth, don’t ignore it, especially if it happens on a regular basis. Below are some reasons why your gums might bleed.

Dental plaque

Dental plaque causes inflammation of the gums (gingivitis). The first sign of gingivitis is bleeding. However, gingivitis is easy to treat. Thorough brushing and flossing daily will remove the built-up plaque, eliminating the inflammation that causes the bleeding. Regular visits to the dentist can also prevent numerous complications.

You are pregnant

Hormonal changes due to pregnancy can cause gums to bleed. As such, it is very important to practice good oral hygiene and to visit the dentist, even during pregnancy.

Poor oral hygiene

You must practice good oral hygiene in order to achieve the desired results. It is therefore important to review your oral hygiene practices with your dental hygienist. The pressure you apply to your toothbrush, the angle of the bristles and your flossing technique are all important points to discuss with the dental hygienist.