Seeing blood in the sink while brushing your teeth is always disconcerting. Although bleeding gums are not always cause for concern, there are a few possible causes of your bleeding, including gingivitis, periodontitis, and inflammation. Rarely, you may find your gums bleeding for no reason – but it is always better to be examined.
When you notice that your gums are bleeding, it is always best to consult your dentist at Prime Time Dentistry to ensure that the underlying cause is not gum disease.
What causes bleeding gums?
There is no one singular cause of bleeding gums. Our Frisco office will need to thoroughly examine your gums to determine the root cause of your bleeding gums.
- Gingivitis: Gingivitis causes inflammation and tenderness of the gums and is caused by the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth and at the gumline. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. Prompt gingivitis treatment can help you solve this issue quickly.
- Medication: Certain blood thinners can cause bleeding gums.
- Pregnancy: Due to hormonal changes in your body, bleeding gums during pregnancy is common. Some women experience pregnancy gingivitis from swollen and bleeding gums.
- Changes to your dental care routine: Any time you change your routine, you can make yourself more susceptible to bleeding gums. If, for instance, you begin using a harder toothbrush or begin flossing after a long period of not flossing, you may experience bleeding gums.
Schedule a professional teeth cleaning and exam if you can’t determine the cause of your bleeding gums or are also experiencing pain.
Treatment for bleeding gums
At Prime Time Dentistry, we examine your gums to determine the cause of your bleeding gums. During your examination, we also complete a professional cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar that has built up at and under your gumline to treat or prevent gingivitis.
If your bleeding gums are not a result of gingivitis but instead of your daily dental care routine, you should try switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you are unsure about the best type of toothbrush, our Frisco team will help you determine the right choice for your oral care needs.
Whatever the cause of your bleeding gums, our dentist will work closely with you to ensure you receive the high-quality dental care you deserve.
If your gums are bleeding and you aren’t sure why see your Frisco dentist at Prime Time Dentistry. We can help you determine the cause of your bleeding gums and develop a treatment plan to reach your oral health goals.
Call our office today at 945-207-7463 to schedule your appointment.