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My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I Be Concerned?

Seeing blood on your toothbrush after normal brushing can be disconcerting, but often is not a serious problem. However, some causes of bleeding gums should be brought to the attention of your dentist so that proper treatment can be initiated. If you are not sure what is causing your gums to bleed, contact your dentist as soon as possible.

If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, your dentist will recommend treatment based on the severity of the condition.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are several possible reasons why your gums might bleed when you brush. These include:

  • An injury to the gums. Your gums might have been cut or irritated by food you ate recently, such as sharp edges of chips or rough, crusty bread.
  • Increased sensitivity of the gums due to pregnancy. If you are pregnant, your gums are naturally more sensitive and more likely to bleed.
  • Using a toothbrush that is too coarse. If you suspect your toothbrush might be too coarse, switch to a softer brush to see if the situation improves.
  • Gingivitis or gum disease. One early sign of gingivitis or gum disease is increased sensitivity of the gums and bleeding during brushing.

If you’re certain that bleeding is a result of an existing injury, there is probably no need to consult with your dentist. The injury will heal on its own. However, if you cannot determine the cause of the bleeding, a trip to your dental office is recommended.

Treatments for Gum Disease

If you are diagnosed with gingivitis or more advanced gum disease, your dentist will recommend treatment based on the severity of the condition. Gingivitis is relatively minor, and can often be treated with a special toothpaste or antibacterial mouthwashes. More advanced gum disease might require deep cleaning, such as a planing and scaling procedure, or even periodontal surgery.

If you suspect you might have gum disease, or need help determining the reasons your gums bleed when you brush, please contact our office serving the Las Colinas area for an appointment.