What Causes Bleeding Gums?

By Michael J. Tisdelle DDS
August 23, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bleeding Gums  

Are you worried about your bleeding gums? Your Charlottesville, VA dentist, Dr. Michael Tisdelle, can determine why your gums are bleeding and offer helpful treatments or recommendations.

6 reasons your gums may bleed

Bleeding gums can be caused by many things, including these common issues:

  • An Injury: Sharp foods or a poke from a fork can injure your gums, causing bleeding. Minor injuries usually begin to get better on their own in just a few days. If you have severe bleeding or pain, notice an unpleasant smell, have a fever, or haven't noticed any improvement after a week, call the dentist.
  • A Hard Toothbrush: Harder isn't better when it comes to brushing your teeth. Gentle pressure and a soft-bristled toothbrush get the job done without irritating your gums.
  • Gum Disease: Bleeding is common if you have gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. If your toothbrush or floss are red or pink after brushing or flossing, you might have gum disease. A dental cleaning and improved oral hygiene can often reverse gingivitis.
  • Newly Placed Crowns and Veneers: Your gums may be tender for a little while after you first receive crowns or veneers. A build-up of food debris and bacteria around the base of your tooth could also cause bleeding. Flossing daily is a simple way to remove debris. If your veneer isn't flush against your tooth, it's easier for bits of food and bacteria to accumulate. Your dentist can add bonding material to the base of the veneer to fix the problem.
  • Teeth Whitening: Did your gums start to bleed after you used an over-the-counter teeth whitening product? If you accidentally got some of the whiteners on your gums, your gum tissue can easily become irritated and inflamed. Fortunately, gum sensitivity is less likely to be an issue when you opt for professional whitening. During your whitening appointment at the Charlottesville, VA, dental office, your dentist applies a protective gel to your gums to prevent exposure to whitening agents.
  • Root Canal Therapy: Inflamed, bleeding gums may also be an issue if you've recently had a root canal. You can prevent bleeding by brushing and flossing gently around the tooth until your tooth and gum begin to heal.

Don't ignore your bleeding gums! Call your dentist in Charlottesville, VA, Dr. Tisdelle, at (434) 977-4101 to schedule your appointment.

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