No need to panic if you notice your gums bleeding! Simple changes in your oral hygiene routine are the most common reasons for gum irritation and bleeding. Switching dental tools like toothbrushes and floss can be rough on gums. Believe it or not, even pregnancy can wreak havoc on gum health. While minor bleeding is likely caused by innocent changes, it is crucial to check with Dr. Eckel at Green Hills Smiles if your gums continue to bleed for more than a few days. Gum diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis are serious conditions that can lead to bleeding gums, tooth loss, and bone loss if left untreated.
New Dental Equipment
There’s no doubt that sweet new sonic toothbrush makes your teeth feel shiny and new. Your gums may rebel temporarily when you begin brushing with a new brush or brush head. Even with standard soft-bristled toothbrushes, a new brush that is the same style and brand can cause an issue since the old brush was likely worn down before it was replaced. Whether you prefer electric, battery operated, or old-school toothbrushes, go with the softest bristle you can find. Bleeding gums caused by new dental equipment should clear up on its own in about a week.
Changes in Dental Hygiene Routine
Visiting Dr. Eckel and the team at Green Hills Smiles twice a year is the best way to ensure dental health issues are caught before they get too serious. If you get sent home with instructions to follow a new intensive dental hygiene routine, you may experience bleeding gums at first. People who have not flossed consistently, or at all, will likely experience bleeding and irritation for about a week. As long as you stick with the routine outlined by Dr. Eckel, you should notice an improvement in gum health in the long-run.
Does it need to be said that bacteria taking up residence in your gums is bad? Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease. Plaque left behind due to poor brushing habits creates a space between teeth and gums. This space allows bacteria to build up under the gum line. As scary as it may sound, gingivitis can be reversed. Attending dental appointments and sticking to proper brushing and flossing habits can clear bacteria from under the gums and stop it from returning.
Pregnancy Related Gingivitis
Since bacteria is the leading cause of gum disease, imagine the problems that can arise if the mouth temporarily loses its ability to combat the bad bacteria. As serious as it sounds, pregnancy gingivitis and the associated bleeding gums should go away following the pregnancy. In the meantime, use a warm salt water rinse to help ease irritation and continue to brush and floss as directed.
Changes in Medications
If you have recently changed medications or dosages, it is worth mentioning to Dr. Eckel. Some medications can turn bleeding gums into a serious issue. Blood thinners alter the blood’s ability to clot, so if you are on any type of blood thinner, it is important to inform your dentist.
At Green Hills Smiles, we are committed to keeping our patients’ teeth and gums healthy. We can help get to the bottom of your bleeding gums, whether they are the result of simple changes to your dental hygiene routine or a more serious problem. Check-in with the team at Green Hills Smiles to get your gums back on the right track.