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You probably understand that cleaning your teeth is extremely important, especially if you’re interested in avoiding problems like tooth decay. You may also know that you should brush twice every day and that it’s important for you to floss at least once a day. However, what would you do if you noticed bleeding gums after you clean your pearly whites? While you may have heard that bleeding gums is common when you clean your teeth, did you know it can actually be a sign of more serious problems?

One of the most common reasons for bleeding gums is gum disease. Gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease, can infect your gums, leading to swelling and discomfort. Luckily, if gum disease is recognized early enough, it can be treated fairly easily.

Certain medications can also lead to bleeding gums. As you may know, many medications thin your blood, which decreases your blood’s ability to clot. Sadly, this can lead to more sensitive gums and to bleeding gums. This is one reason we recommend telling your dentist about any medications you’re taking.

However, your gums could also bleed because of brushing and flossing. If you haven’t flossed in some time, starting can cause bleeding gums. If this bleeding doesn’t stop within a week, please schedule an appointment with our team. Similarly, if you use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you could damage your teeth or gums—which could cause bleeding.

If you’re interested in learning more about bleeding gums, please don’t hesitate to contact Sandston Comprehensive Dentistry at 804-737-4444. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and to offer you personalized advice. Dr. E. Alexander White & Bradford R. Thweatt and our team are eager to hear from you.