Bleeding gums

Gums that bleed when you brush or floss can be alarming. There are a few different reasons why this might be happening.

A condition called “gingivitis” is one of the most common causes of bleeding gums. This is typically caused by the build-up of plaque, which is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. If it’s not removed, it can make your gums inflamed, tender or prone to bleeding.

It can then progress into tartar. Tartar is a hardened version of plaque that attaches to the enamel on the surface of your teeth, and below your gum line. Left untreated, this condition may develop to a more serious stage called periodontal disease (gum disease). Click here to read about periodontal disease.
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However, gingivitis and gum disease aren’t the only reasons for bleeding gums.
  • Brushing technique: When you brush your teeth, are you roughly scrubbing back and forth? If so, this could be damaging your gum tissue and causing irritation. Try gently moving your brush in a circular motion instead.
  • Toothbrushes: Brushes that are firm or medium-bristled could cause bleeding. Try switching to a soft-bristled brush or consult your dentist about the best type of toothbrush for you.
  • Flossing routine: You might see a little more bleeding from your gums if you forget to floss for a while and then start again. This should stop in about a week but talk to your dentist if your gums continue to bleed even after maintaining a regular flossing routine.
  • Medication: Certain types of medicine can slow down your blood’s ability to clot (e.g. warfarin), which means you may bleed more easily. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medicines that you’re taking.
The best way to address a concern like bleeding gums is to visit your dentist for a check-up or consultation. To locate a Bupa-owned Members First Network dental clinic near you, search over 130 clinic locations here.

Bleeding gums

Gums that bleed when you brush or floss can be alarming. There are a few different reasons why this might be happening.

A condition called “gingivitis” is one of the most common causes of bleeding gums. This is typically caused by the build-up of plaque, which is a sticky substance that forms on your teeth. If it’s not removed, it can make your gums inflamed, tender or prone to bleeding.

It can then progress into tartar. Tartar is a hardened version of plaque that attaches to the enamel on the surface of your teeth, and below your gum line. Left untreated, this condition may develop to a more serious stage called periodontal disease (gum disease). Click here to read about periodontal disease.
Dental-Treatments
However, gingivitis and gum disease aren’t the only reasons for bleeding gums.
  • Brushing technique: When you brush your teeth, are you roughly scrubbing back and forth? If so, this could be damaging your gum tissue and causing irritation. Try gently moving your brush in a circular motion instead.
  • Toothbrushes: Brushes that are firm or medium-bristled could cause bleeding. Try switching to a soft-bristled brush or consult your dentist about the best type of toothbrush for you.
  • Flossing routine: You might see a little more bleeding from your gums if you forget to floss for a while and then start again. This should stop in about a week but talk to your dentist if your gums continue to bleed even after maintaining a regular flossing routine.
  • Medication: Certain types of medicine can slow down your blood’s ability to clot (e.g. warfarin), which means you may bleed more easily. Be sure to tell your dentist about any medicines that you’re taking.
The best way to address a concern like bleeding gums is to visit your dentist for a check-up or consultation. To locate a Bupa-owned Members First Network dental clinic near you, search over 130 clinic locations here.
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