You’ve probably noticed it at some point, typically while brushing or flossing your teeth: some slight bleeding at the gum line or between your teeth. What’s causing this bleeding, and what can you do about it?
Bleeding gums are quite often a sign of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is caused by a buildup of tartar, which is hardened plaque. Additionally, your gums may bleed a bit when you adopt a new regular flossing routine. That doesn’t mean you should give up the practice, however; your gums will adjust to flossing relatively quickly.
If you also have some swelling and tenderness where your gums are bleeding, you may be suffering from an abscess or infection. Call us for an appointment if this is the case and we’ll get you in for a checkup exam.
Finally, you may be experiencing bleeding gums from brushing your teeth too hard or vigorously. If this is the case, switching to a toothbrush with softer bristles and slowing down your motion while brushing can solve the problem. Whatever the reason for your bleeding gums, there is a solution. Livonia Family Dental is committed to helping you find that solution for great dental health.