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My Gums Bleed When I Brush: Should I be Concerned?

Bleeding gum tissue can occur for multiple reasons … trauma, brushing too hard, gingivitis, or periodontitis. Any time unexplained bleeding occurs, it is good idea to see the dentist for a correct diagnosis.

A traumatic event can result in bleeding, but this should be an isolated event.

Brushing with excessive pressure or using a hard bristle toothbrush could make gum tissue bleed. Many patients make the mistake of brushing with a firm hand with the belief they are keeping their gums free from plaque build-up. The consistent brushing is correct; however, there is no need to brush harshly to remove plaque.

An electronic toothbrush can offer many advantages such as even pressure … the patient just needs to guide the brush to reach all areas. In addition, most have a built-in timer that encourages brushing the recommended two minutes. Electronic toothbrushes come in all price ranges … there is one for every budget.

Brushing with excessive pressure or using a hard bristle toothbrush could make gum tissue bleed.

Gum tissue that bleeds could signal the onset of gingivitis. In addition to bleeding, the patient may have chronic bad breath, the appearance of gum tissue shrinking away from teeth, or the feeling that teeth are becoming loose.

It is important to see your dentist right away if any of these dental conditions are present. Failure to do so could result in the development of periodontitis, a serious gum disease that could eventually lead to tooth loss.

The underlying cause of the onset of gum disease is often from neglect. Although gum disease can affect patients that are vigilant about their oral care, the lack of an effective daily regimen coupled with missing twice yearly visits to the dentist is usually how gum disease gets it start.

The daily oral care regimen should include flossing to remove debris that your toothbrush does not reach. Flossing gets in between teeth and stimulates gum tissue.

Brushing at least twice per day with a fluoridated toothpaste or gel will help to control plaque build-up. Plaque occurs when sugars from food and beverages cling to the bacteria that live in the mouth. Some of this plaque will remain even with brushing, which is why those twice annual dental appointments are so important. Your dental provider at Richardson Dentistry will remove accumulated plaque, and be able to diagnose any potential problems to keep teeth and gums as healthy as possible.

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