When you’re taking care of your mouth, do you ever notice that your gums start to bleed? Despite what you may have heard, bleeding gums aren’t normal. While your gums might bleed for a number of reasons, there may be several things you can do to avoid the issue.
Your gums might be bleeding because of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that can lead to problems such as bad breath, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, you can typically avoid this issue if you brush and floss well. However, if your gum disease isn’t addressed, it could become worse.
If you haven’t flossed for some time, your gums might also bleed. This is not typically a serious issue, but if the bleeding doesn’t stop after a week, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team. Similarly, if you brush too hard or with a brush that has firm bristles, your gums might bleed. We recommend speaking to our dentist to learn more about the best brush for you.
Certain medications can also cause your gums to bleed, so please remember to tell our team about any medications you may be taking when you visit us. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give J. Steve Morton, DDS a call at 865.453.1001. Dr. J. Steve Morton and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.