Bleeding gums are not to be ignored. It may simply be a matter of brushing too hard or using the wrong kind of toothbrush but it could be a sign of something more.
Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and is often associated with bleeding gums. A buildup of bacterial plaque can lead to gingivitis. In fact, the only way to prevent it is to brush and rinse on a daily basis. Gum disease is a leading cause of premature tooth loss among adults in the US.
Some types of heart disease are often treated with blood thinning medications which may also be a factor in the occurrence of bleeding gums. Patients should let their dentists know if this is the case.
A lot of people either find it awkward to floss their teeth or just don’t want to take the time to do it. Those patients who start flossing just before a dental appointment in order to impress their hygienist may experience some initial bleeding. It will subside naturally.
Dentist recommends brushing with a soft bristle toothbrush. If you’ve switched brushes recently you may have mistakenly chosen a hard bristle brush which could be the cause of your bleeding gums.
Find out for sure. If you do notice that telltale “pink in the sink” make an appointment to have it checked out asap. Call 303 Dental Group in Highlands Ranch @ 303-647-4980 today.