Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Monday, February 12, 2018

If you notice any areas that bleed after you brush and floss, it is important to speak with your dentist about this issue.

Gums that are bleeding may be a sign of gingivitis, which occurs when plaque and tartar buildup. It is important to maintain a proper dental hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. These activities help remove plaque, but if plaque is not removed it can mineralize and become tartar. Only scaling and root planing treatment can remove tartar once it has formed.
Besides plaque buildup, other things that may be causing your gums to bleed include:
Poor nutrition
Brushing aggressively
Hormonal changes due to pregnancy
Brushing and flossing twice per day is one of the best ways to remove plaque from your teeth. Brushing cannot reach every part of your tooth, so be sure you are flossing as well.
If you experience bleeding gums do not ignore it. Be sure to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lechner to discuss this issue.   

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