Why Do Gums Bleed When I Brush My Teeth?

bleeding-gumsA perfect morning! Life couldn’t be much better, but you suddenly are out of your reverie when you notice the tingly feeling in your gums and traces of pink while brushing your teeth. What could be wrong?

Why Do Gums Bleed?

Unfortunately it is a symptom of gum infection or that which is commonly known as gingivitis. It is a common symptom when the gums are infected and therefore become sensitive. The slightest of touch can get them bleeding and that is what the trace of pink refers to. If you think this is just a one-time issue, it really is not and needs to be taken care at the earliest possible time. It is a manifestation of a more serious problem.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Issues

Gingivitis is one of the many problems. There are other periodontal diseases that can be related to the gum bleeding issue. It could be a serious bacterial infection or more serious problems like oral cancer. Either way, the risk of losing your teeth permanently is there as infected gums cause the teeth to loosen up. It is imperative to immediately get in touch with your dentist or a periodontist to diagnose the problem.

On a less serious side, gum bleeding could also be a cause of high pressure, or allergies to certain types of medication like aspirin, sulphur and others. Sometimes blood thinners can also be the cause of gum bleeding. While these are not so serious issues, you may not know the actual cause until you get it diagnosed by a periodontist. It is never good to leave anything on luck, especially when it is a matter of health. However, try taking a preventive measure yourself by gently brushing your teeth after every major meal and flossing as well. This will ensure that you will stay in the pink of ‘Gum Health’.

Brian Harris

Dr. Brian Harris completed his undergraduate schooling at Arizona State University and attended the University of Pacific School of Dentistry. He joined Harris Dental in 2005 and in 2007 Dr. Brian was honored as Young Dentist of the Year by the Crown Council.

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