Have you noticed blood or pink discoloration on your brush while brushing your teeth? If it happens occasionally and the amount of blood is negligible, then it’s not a big deal. But, in case of regular bleeding, you have to pay attention. Because this can be an indication of any disease or maybe a hormonal imbalance. Here some common reasons behind gum bleeding are mentioned briefly.
Causes of Gum Bleeding
- Poor Oral Hygiene: If you don’t take care of your teeth properly, then bacteria build up in your mouth and eventually plaque forms on the teeth. This is the most common reason for gum inflammation, soreness and bleeding.
- Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the earliest condition of any gum disease. When plaque is left untreated, you may start feeling and seeing -redness, tenderness, inflation and gum bleeding- that condition is named gingivitis. As per general estimation, at least 70% of Americans experience this.
- Irregular Flossing: If you floss for a few days and then stop continuing, this may lead to temporary gum bleeding.
- Side Effect of Medication: In some cases, medication can be a cause of gum bleeding. In such a situation, it would be better to ask your doctor to change that particular medicine.
- Brushing Too Hard: Although brushing is mandatory to maintain good oral hygiene. But, brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled toothbrush can cause gum bleeding and even enamel erosion.
- Poor-Fitted Dental Appliances: If dental appliances as- dentures or braces are poorly fitted, this can irritate your gums and cause gum bleeding.
- Pregnancy: Hormonal changes during pregnancy can change your body’s response to oral bacteria and sometimes increase the flow of blood to the gums. For this, you may start suffering from gingivitis.
Treatments For Gum Bleeding
The treatment for gum bleeding can vary depending on how severe your condition is. You have to determine what treatment you need to take based on your situation. Here goes a brief discussion about the available solutions-
At Initial Stage: The most effective yet easy-to-do solution to such common dental problems is- maintaining good oral hygiene. If you are just at the initial stage, brushing and flossing regularly can perfectly work to fix it. We recommend brushing twice every day with a soft-bristled brush in a circular motion. Plus, don’t forget to have regular dental checkups at least twice a year. These simple steps will not only stop gum bleeding but also prevent so many other dental diseases.
For Severe Condition: Treatment might be required if you suffer from periodontitis or advanced periodontitis. If you notice blood on your toothbrush too often, try to visit a dentist as soon as possible. At Next Generation Dental, we thoroughly examine both teeth and gums of such patients first and then refer to additional treatments. For severe conditions, we offer deep cleaning treatment.
Gum bleeding is not always a serious issue to be concerned about. But try to notice whether you see other gum disease symptoms or not and how often you are bleeding. Then if you think an immediate visit to a dentist is needed, then do it. Otherwise wait until your check-up day and then mention the issue to our dentist and your problem will be treated with proper care. Always feel free to contact Next Generation Dental for any dental query or to book an appointment.