Bleeding Gums: Should You Worry about Them?

a close up photo if a woman lifting her lips to show her inflamed gums

Cavities and toothaches aren’t the only dental problems you should worry about. Note that even if your teeth feel okay and you don’t experience any pain, it doesn’t always mean that your oral health is in great shape. Your gums are an important part of your mouth too.

If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, you shouldn’t ignore it even if it doesn’t hurt. Bleeding gums could be a sign of excessive force when cleaning your teeth or early gum disease, which could lead to tooth loss in advanced stages.

ORA Dental shares the major causes of bleeding gums, so you can prevent them and take better care of your oral health:

Improper Brushing Technique

Overzealous brushing or using a lot of pressure could hurt your gums. The right way is to brush in a circular motion using gentle strokes. You don’t need to scrub hard, as this won’t clean your teeth better or faster. Also, be sure to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time.

Wrong Toothbrush

If you’ve been using the same toothbrush for three months or so, you need to replace it. This is especially true if the bristles are worn out or if the brush has an unpleasant smell. Buy a new one with soft bristles and a head that fits comfortably in your mouth. Avoid hard or firm bristles, as they can hurt your enamel and gums.

Plaque Accumulation

The buildup of plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria, can result in gum irritation that can make your gums bleed.  Plaque can also harden and become tartar, which can lead to receding gums and gum disease.

Preventing bleeding gums or gum disease is as easy as brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing at least once a day. Don’t forget to visit your dentist every six months, or as often as recommended, for checkups and professional cleaning.