Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

 Azarko Marketing  Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Bleeding is a way for your gums to tell you something is wrong, but it is not always serious enough to be scared. If you notice your gums are bleeding more often, it is important that you diagnose the cause and rule out anything serious.

 

In most cases, bleeding gums could be a sign of gum disease, whether that is gingivitis or periodontal disease. If you are noticing that the bleeding occurs every time you brush or floss, get yourself examined by a dentist in Edmonton as soon as possible.

Types of Gum Disease

The two types of gum disease include:

 

  • 1.Gingivitis - This is when the growth of bacteria on your teeth and gums has become a chronic condition. You can combat it simply by brushing your teeth at least twice a day (though preferably after each meal) and flossing at least once a day. If allowed to progress, it can become extremely painful and destructive.
  • 2.Periodontal Disease - This affects the tissues and bones surrounding your teeth and is a more advanced disease than gingivitis. It can also be extremely painful, so if you allow it to continue, you could suffer from significant tooth loss.

 

What Else Could Cause Bleeding Gums?

Sometimes gum disease is not the root cause of your gums bleeding. Some causes outside of gum disease include:

 

  • Flossing too vigorously. This can cause the delicate tissues of your gums to rupture and bleed. Always floss, but do so as gently as possible.
  • Canker sores. These painful mouth ulcers can develop almost anywhere inside the mouth, which feature a red-edged sore with a white interior. The sores may develop on your gums, which can cause your gums to bleed as you brush or floss.
  • Tobacco products. These are extremely damaging to teeth and gums. They can cause painful sores, sensitivity and even lead to gum disease later on.
  • A poor diet can also lead to bleeding gums. When your diet is not rich in natural vitamins and minerals, your inflammatory response may increase, causing your gums to bleed more regularly.
  • Stress. Anxiety hinders your body’s immune system and can lead to inflammation of the blood vessels inside the mouth.

 

See a Dentist in Edmonton for Your Bleeding Gums

Visit your dentist twice a year for checkups that include a professional cleaning and examination. Your dentist will look for the signs of gum disease and can also address any oral health concerns. If your gums are bleeding more than normal, schedule an appointment for a quick checkup.

 

Azarko Dental Group’s Edmonton dental clinics can help with your bleeding gums and other oral health concerns. Schedule your appointment using our convenient online booking program or call an Edmonton location near you.

 

Azarko Dental West 14938 Stony Plain Rd.
Edmonton, AB T5P 3X8
N.E. Corner of 150 St. & Stony Plain Rd.  
Azarko Dental South 969 James Mowatt Trail SW
Edmonton, AB T6W 1S4
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S.E. Corner of 111 St. & Ellerslie Rd.