Noticing your gums bleeding while you are brushing your teeth can be pretty alarming. However, bleeding gums are not always a cause for concern. Sometimes, the condition can be temporary. Other times, there may be a issue with your dental health, and it is best to make an appointment with Dr. Emerson Rowley, DMD and Dr. Rowley at Tualatin Family & Cosmetic Dentistry.
Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal or gum disease. This is caused by an accumulation of plaque and tartar at the gumline, which cannot be removed by regular brushing. If the tartar is not cleaned professionally, it can lead to gingivitis.
Gingivitis is characterized by swollen and tender gums that are prone to bleeding during brushing. Since it is the first stage of gingivitis, good oral care at home and regular dental checkups can stop the disease in its tracks.
Certain medications, particularly blood thinners, can cause your gums to bleed. These medications decrease the ability of your blood to clot, which leads to easier bleeding. Therefore, it is imperative that you let us know if you suffer from certain health conditions or may be on particular medication before a dental procedure.
Sometimes, adjusting your flossing routine can result in bleeding gums. For example, if you begin flossing again after a hiatus of a few days, or if you increase the number of times you floss in a day, this may cause bleeding. This condition should disappear in a week if you stick to your flossing routine.
Switching from a used, soft-bristled toothbrush to a firm new brush may also cause your gums to bleed. You can prevent your gums bleeding by retuning to soft-bristled brushes. We can also help you determine which type of toothbrush is best for your oral health.
During pregnancy, hormonal changes in the body can weaken immunity and cause bacteria in the mouth to proliferate. This can result in pregnancy gingivitis and can cause bleeding gums. This issue can clear up after the baby is born. Meanwhile, gentle oral care and regular dental checkup can prevent symptoms from becoming worse.
Although many of these conditions are temporary, persistent bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis. If you experience bleeding gums, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with us at (503) 878-7474 so that we can diagnose the problem in its early stages.