Why Your Gums Bleed


As someone who practices a good, daily oral health care routine brushing and flossing twice a day the sight of bleeding gums might be unsettling, to say the least. After checking a second time you see that you’re not mistaken they are bleeding. Before you jump to any conclusions you might want to read the following reasons to help you understand why this is happening.

When You Haven’t Been to The Dentist Recently

If you haven’t had a recent appointment at the Surrey dentist, if your last visit was more than 2 weeks ago your bleeding gums are not a good sign. Anytime this is the situation it’s advisable to book an appointment so your dentist can find out why this is happening.

When You Cut Yourself

You might be dealing with a minor abrasion and it’s best just to leave it alone it should be fine. Rinsing with salt water a couple of times a day will allow the area to heal. However if it’s causing you concern it might be wise to book an appointment with the dentist. Anytime your gums are bleeding profusely contact 911 or visit an emergency clinic.

When You Just Saw The Dentist

Maybe you were just at the dentist and weren’t entirely honest when asked about your recent flossing habits. Your teeth might be in good shape but you haven’t really been flossing and decide to be more diligent about adding regular flossing. Those first couple of flossing could result in your gums bleeding but should subside after those first few days. If not then you may want to pay a visit to the dentist to see why you’re experiencing bleeding gums.


Plaque left on your teeth and at the gumline if not removed by brushing and flossing can infect the gums and lead to symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, when it occurs your gums may become swollen, tender and sometimes bleed while brushing. This early stage of the disease responds well to good brushing and flossing habits along with regular dental checkups. Pregnancy gingivitis is another reason for bleeding gums when hormonal changes during pregnancy alter the body’s response to the bacteria that can cause gum disease. Symptoms should disappear after pregnancy, regular brushing, flossing and regular dental checkups can help prevent gum problems from worsening.

Daily brushing and flossing are key to oral health along with regular dental checkups, after reading the information what better time to book your checkup at Elgin Corners Dental.

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