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Why Your Gums May Bleed


Posted on 7/30/2016 by Mark Bieber
A woman brushing her teeth.You probably don't think too much of it when your gums bleed during your daily oral hygiene routine.

But, in reality, it's never a good sign and can point to a problem. If your gums are bleeding, it's time to really take a look at what you're doing.

Brushing Too Hard

You might think you're doing your mouth a favor by brushing vigorously. After all, you want to get all that plaque and bacteria off your teeth. But too much of a good thing can actually be quite detrimental. Bleeding means that there are open areas on your gums, which in turn makes it easier for bacteria to enter, which can cause inflammation and gum disease.

Not Brushing Often Enough

It is recommended that you brush twice a day for at least two minutes. By skimping out on your daily regimen, you risk the build up of plaque and bacteria. These offenders can get into your gums, causing gum disease. You may not notice any symptoms, until you brush that is.

Brushing Incorrectly

You've heard it all before. Brush twice a day for two minutes each time. Hold your brush at a forty-five degree angle. Brush all surfaces of your teeth. Not doing any of these can lead to bacteria in your gums, which can cause them to bleed. But what if you are doing all these things and blood is still drawn? Did you know you should also brush your tongue, cheeks and the roof of your mouth?

Are you using the correct kind of toothbrush? Are you holding the brush correctly? Are you making sure you floss daily? If you answered no to any of these questions, it could be the reason that your gums are bleeding during your cleaning process.

Bleeding gums are never fun. In fact, it is undoubtedly a sign of an issue. Take a look at your daily brushing regimen and you may find the cause, meaning that you can correct it and therefore stop the bleeding.

Please contact us if you have any questions about bleeding gums.

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