Unfortunately, many Americans perceive that seeing blood while brushing is a good sign, assuming it shows they’re doing a great job. The fact is – healthy gums do not bleed while brushing! Bleeding gums indicate a problem that needs to be addressed while treatment can be minimal. Delay only allows the problem to worsen, resulting in more time and expense in the future.
Periodontal (gum) disease is the most common cause (and an early warning sign) for gums that bleed while brushing. It is also the leading cause of adult tooth loss in the U.S. Gum disease begins with gingivitis, which occurs from a bacterial build-up of plaque. This irritates the gums, causing them to bleed and become swollen and tender.
Other contributors that cause gum tissue to bleed easily include:
• Overzealous brushing, brushing with a hard bristle toothbrush or using an abrasive substance, such as baking soda. These do more harm than good to teeth and gum tissues.
• Drugs can contribute to gums that bleed easily, including antidepressants, nasal sprays and oral contraceptives.
• Smoking has a drying effect on gum tissue. Smokers typically have more calculus than non-smokers from the irritation of chemicals in cigarettes.
• Vitamin K deficiency interferes with the body’s process of blood clotting. This can also result in gums that bleed.
• Certain changes in hormonal levels can cause temporary redness, tenderness and swollen areas on gums.
When bleeding gums are dealt with in early stages, a thorough dental cleaning and committed oral care regimen at home can often halt the progression of gingivitis, which leads to gum disease.
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