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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

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Why Do My Gums Bleed?

If you often see blood spots on your toothbrush when you brush, that should be a cause for concern. No matter what you might have been made to understand, bleeding gums is not normal. If you have such a problem, you should visit us at Vita Dental Spring so that we can help to correct the issue.

There are various reasons why your gums might be bleeding. Irregular bleeding may occur when you eat hard foods, and they scratch your gums. However, if the bleeding seems to happen almost every time you brush, you should visit us at Vita Dental Spring.

Here are some of the reasons why your gums might be bleeding all the time:

Gingivitis

When plaque builds up in your mouth, the gums can become inflamed. The result is gingivitis. It is painless and has no symptoms except for the bleeding. It is quite easy to miss unless you carefully observe your toothbrush when your brush or when you floss. Most people tend to ignore it because it is painless and not easy to see. However, delayed treatment could lead to periodontal disease. The main symptoms of this critical oral infection are tooth loss and the destruction of gums tissue.

If you live in the Spring, TX area, we would like to tell you that the problem is reversible. Just pay us a visit at Vita Dental Spring. We will help you to get rid of the plaque that is causing your gums to become inflamed. Besides that, we will advise you on what measures you can take to avoid the spread of plaque in your mouth.

Smoking

Smokers have a higher chance of experiencing bleeding gums than nonsmokers. Smoking causes an increase in periodontal disease. One of the reasons for this is that the smoke contains chemicals that irritate the gums. These toxins can be hard to get rid of using standard oral hygiene methods.

Besides that, smoking can compromise the immune system, which makes the gum more prone to attack by pathogens. It means that even small scratches can grow to large wounds instead of healing. The smoke may also interfere with oxygenation of your gums which can cause them to bleed. The best way to avoid this issue is to stop smoking; your gums will thank you.

Poor Nutrition

If you do not eat the right food and consume the recommended daily servings of fresh vegetables, fruit, grain, protein, and dairy, your gums could become inflamed. A healthy lifestyle is vital for the health of your body and your gums.

However, we at Vita Dental Spring would like to tell you that there are no miracle foods. These are foods purported to keep the gums healthy. The only way to keep gums healthy with food is to eat a balanced diet. Combined with good oral health, your gums can remain in pristine condition.

You Are a Female

Hormonal changes during the monthly period and pregnancy could increase the chances of your gums bleeding. There are women whose gingivitis is related to the regular hormonal changes. Ask your dentist for advice on how to change your oral health routine, if you have a reason to believe that changes in hormones could be causing your gums to bleed.

Poor Oral Hygiene Habits

Brushing too hard or failing to clean your teeth could affect your oral health. If you are not committed to regular oral care, your gums will pay for it. The gums are soft tissues, and if they are traumatized with a hard bristle toothbrush, they could swell and bleed. We at Vita Dental Spring recommend that you brush twice a day and use a soft-bristled brush.

The Medication

A possible cause of gums bleeding is the medication you use. It is especially so if you use blood thinning medication. Blood-thinning decreases that ability of the blood to clot; this makes it easier for the gums to bleed. Let the dentist know if you are taking any medication when you go to the dental office.

Stress

If you are always agitated and you have anxiety, it can compromise your immunity, which makes it harder to keep off gum disease. Stress will cause the blood vessels to become inflamed. Once inflamed, the soft tissue in the mouth will break down, which might interfere with the healing process. Try to reduce stress by avoiding the source of your tension.

Misaligned Bite

If your teeth are not adequately aligned like if you have an overbite, you might develop the ‘bite disease.’ The condition means that destructive forces are working on your teeth and the supportive tissue. When there is repeated pressure on one spot of your mouth, the gums start to recede, and the bone deteriorates. As the bone weakens, it creates a prime place where gum disease could develop. If you have problems with bite, consider visiting us. We will help you find the solution. 

Summary

Pay attention and try as much as you can to avoid any of the reasons mentioned. They could be the reason why you have bleeding gums.