Do you see blood in the sink when you brush your teeth? This can be due to a chronic infection in your mouth. It isn’t normal for your gums to bleed when you brush them. When this happens, it can indicate the presence of harmful bacteria.

Gums are snug as they help keep bacteria from entering the roots of your teeth. But in some cases, they can recede or get loose, allowing bacteria to sneak in and damage tissues. Severely damaged tissues can cause teeth to fall out as the gums can no longer keep them in place.

Bacteria can also reach the bloodstream and cause various medical conditions. This can also result in extreme pain and the process can be slow.

Possible Reasons Your Gums Bleed When You Brush

  • Poor oral hygiene routine. When not cleaned properly, teeth can collect plaque. When there’s tartar buildup on your teeth, the gums can get infected too. Be sure to brush and floss daily.
  • Pregnancy. The changes in your hormones during pregnancy can also cause your gums to become sensitive and bleed when you brush or floss. If you’re expecting or are planning to conceive, talk to your dentist so you can be advised about proper dental care.
  • Medicines you take can also trigger bleeding gums. If you have prescriptions that prevent blood clotting, let your dentist know. Knowing more about your general health will help your dentist give you better dental care services.
  • Gum disease. When bacteria collect on your teeth, they irritate the gums, causing gingivitis. The most common symptom of gingivitis is bleeding gums. Your gums can also appear red and swollen. While gum disease is often referred to as ‘the silent killer’, its early stages can be reversed. With routine professional dental cleanings, you can keep harmful bacteria at bay.

Every step you take to care for your teeth is also one step you take to ensure a healthy body. Don’t fret when your gums bleed. Dental professionals can help you address it.

Here in our dental office, we recommend routine dental hygiene appointments to our patients to keep their mouth clean, healthy, and strong.