Seeing a tiny amount of blood in the sink after brushing and flossing may seem completely normal to you, but it isn’t normal. In fact, bleeding gums after brushing and flossing are not normal at all and could indicate that your teeth and gums aren’t as healthy as you think.
Improve your oral health by learning more about what causes gums to bleed and what you can do if you start to experience bleeding gums.
The Most Common Cause of Bleeding Gums is Gum Disease
Gum disease develops when bacteria, which is found in plaque, is not properly removed. If the bacteria-filled plaque is left in the mouth, it will eventually start to attack the healthy gum tissue that surrounds your gum. When under attack by the harmful germs and bacteria found in plaque, healthy gums will become red, inflamed, and swollen, which causes them to bleed. This first stage is called gingivitis, and if left untreated it will progress to also cause damage to the supporting bone around your teeth!
Injury from Improper Brushing and Flossing Causes Gums to Bleed
Bleeding gums aren’t always caused by gum disease. Sometimes it can be caused by injury to the gums from improper brushing and flossing.
Brushing your teeth with a toothbrush that has frayed bristles, too hard of bristles, flossing improperly, or with too much force can cause tiny little tears to appear on your gums. The tiny tears will bleed just like any little cut on your body.
Remember that your teeth are like jewelry, Be nice to them! Using a soft brush and proper technique will ensure that you are getting them clean and not causing any damage along the way!
How to Treat Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums are usually easy to treat. Especially if treatment is sought when you see the first signs of blood after brushing and flossing. The type of treatment that is used to stop your gums from bleeding will depend upon what is causing your gums to bleed.
Some examples of how you can help bleeding gums are:
- Learning how to properly brush and floss with braces.
- Learning which types of toothbrushes should be used to avoid injuring or damaging your gums.
- Reviewing medications to see if any cause thinning blood or swollen gums, which will make you more likely to experience bleeding gums.
Ways to Stop Your Gums from Bleeding
Some of the things you do on a daily basis, such as drinking a sugary soda or smoking a cigarette, increase your chances of experiencing bleeding gums. Some things you can do to try and reduce your chances of having bleeding gums include:
- Stop smoking
- Reduce the amount of alcohol you consume
- Limit the amount of caffeinated or sugary beverages you drink
- Limit the amount of sugar you consume
- Eat a well-balanced diet that doesn’t include a lot of starches, sugars or carbohydrates
- Use a toothbrush that has soft or medium bristles
- An electric toothbrush can also make cleaning easier
- Learn how to properly floss your teeth so you aren’t pulling or tugging
- Schedule and attend routine orthodontic appointments and professional cleaning appointments
- Brush and floss daily as recommended by your orthodontist and dentist
Notice your gums are bleeding after brushing and flossing? Contact Strickland Orthodontics! We want to make sure you have the tools and resources available to ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy during your smile transformation! Dr. Strickland will help you find the cause of your bleeding gums, provide treatment recommendations, and even give you suggestions on things you can do to help prevent your gums from bleeding.