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Bleeding Gums? Here is what you should do.

For many, the first thing you do in the morning is brush and floss your teeth. For some, issues may arise: Your gums start bleeding and appear more red and inflamed. There can be many causes of this; some are temporary but some can cause concern. In this scenario, although you might be tempted to ignore it, you should take precautionary measures and consult your dentist.

There are different causes of bleeding gums. One factor that can cause this is gingivitis. When gingivitis occurs, your gums can begin to swell, become tender, and may bleed during brushing. The early stages of this disease can be prevented by creating brushing and flossing habits three times a day and schedule regular dental checkups. Another reason that can cause your gums to bleed are any new medications that you are consuming. The American Dental Association states that blood thinning medications can be one of the causes of bleeding gums. These medications decrease the blood’s ability to clot, which can lead to excessive bleeding.

On the other hand, gum bleeding is not always a medical concern but may also be technical. When you change your flossing routine it can cause sensitivity in the gums. A few examples would be if you have not flossed in a few days or if you recently started to floss more frequently. Consequently, once you get back to a regular routine, the bleeding should slow down and ultimately stop. Aside from the new flossing routine, a new toothbrush could also cause the bleeding. If the toothbrush is firmer than your gums are used to, it may cause irritation.

The following advice can help prevent gum bleeding:

  • Eat a healthier diet  
    • Incorporate vegetables and fresh fruit into every meal to prevent nutritional deficiency.
  • Improve your dental care routine
    • Brushing and flossing regularly help remove bacteria and plaque from the mouth. By creating a routine, your gums will not be as sensitive.
  • Quit Smoking
    • Smoking is one of the worst things for your health. It not only increases the risk of cancer and heart disease but it is the main component in the development of gum disease.
  • See your Commack Dentist
    • Your dentist is the most knowledgeable person you know when it comes to your dental hygiene, allow them to help you cure your gums.

If you are still experiencing gum bleeding, visit Bonnie Helfner at our Commack office to learn about the causes and future preventative measures. We look forward to seeing you!

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