Why do my gums bleed and what can I do about it?

Many people experience bleeding gums when they brush their teeth, this can be a sign of gum disease or periodontitis, but it can also be caused by other things such as brushing too hard or hormones, so don’t panic.

We recommend that if your gums start to bleed, you make an appointment with your dentist to find out what is happening, but here are some tips to stop your gums bleeding…

  1. Don’t brush too hard – One cause of bleeding gums can be simply brushing your teeth too hard and using a hard bristled brush. Although we recommend brushing for two minutes, take care and use gentle circular motions. Try a softer bristle brush if the one you have is making your gums sore and red.
  2. Floss with care – Floss is excellent for gums, however some people force the floss between the teeth and allow it to cut into gums and this can cause bleeding, so take care.
  3. Ensure your dental hygiene routine is up to scratch – You should be brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily and rinsing with mouthwash every day to make your mouth, teeth and gums really clean and healthy
  4. Eat a well-balanced diet, drink plenty of water and don’t smoke – This will do your mouth good, and make you healthier too
  5. Make sure you don’t have gum disease – Visit your dentist to rule out periodontitis, as this can be serious and lead to tooth loss and affect your general health.

If your gums start to bleed, or you notice any changes in your mouth, including pain or sensitivity, then make an appointment with your dentist. If issues are caught early they are much easier to solve and we have a better chance of saving your natural teeth and having less work to do.

At our Marbella dentist, we have a skilled team of professional dentists who can help you with all dental problems. We are patient, kind and understand fears of the dentist, so please don’t wait for things to get too bad. Make an appointment and let us help you improve the health of your mouth and gums and get you smiling again.

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