Why do Gums Bleed When Brushed?

If you only floss occasionally then it is usually normal that your gums bleed when brushed. Hopefully at least they then consider flossing more. When there is bleeding with brushing, most people brush their teeth less vigorously. This is actually usually the wrong thing to do. It may be that you actually don’t know how to brush the right way. Unfortunately, most people don’t learn the best ways to brush your gums. Do your gums bleed when you brush? Are you thinking that you are brushing too vigorously? Let us discuss reasons why your gums might bleed when you brush.


If your gums bleed when brushed, there is something wrong

There are several reasons why your gums may bleed when you brush your teeth. How often do you brush? You should be brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily. However if you don’t brush or floss often, your gums will be sensitive which can cause bleeding. There are other reasons your gums may bleed, too, including:

  • A Lapse in Dental Care: Many people without dental insurance or who have lost their jobs lapse in their dental care. If you have stopped receiving professional dental cleanings twice yearly your gums may begin to bleed.
  • Systemic Disease: Certain systemic diseases, such as diabetes and cancer, can contribute to tender and bleeding gums.
  • Medications: Some blood pressure medications can cause your gums to bleed when brushing.
  • Dental Treatments: Dental treatments that have not been performed properly or that are ill fitting, such as fillings or crowns, can trap bacteria and cause bleeding gums.
  • Damaged Tooth: A chipped, fractured, or otherwise damaged tooth can get invaded with bacteria causing your gums to bleed when you brush.
  • Malocclusion: Misaligned, overlapping, or crowded teeth can cause bleeding gums.
  • Periodontal Disease: The buildup of plaque and tartar around and under the gumline causes irritation, infection, and bleeding gums.

About Dr. Fondriest

Aside from providing dependable general and restorative dentistry services to our community, Dr. James Fondriest also holds respected academic appointments at the Pankey Institute in Key Biscayne, FL, and the Spear Institute in Scottsdale, AZ, and he is an adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Prosthodontics at the University of Florida Dental School. At Lake Forest Dental Arts, Dr. Fondriest combines his impressive array of experience with modern technology and caring, compassionate, knowledgeable staff, and we proudly serve patients from Chicago and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, call our office today at (847) 234-0517.


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