The Mysterious Case of the Bleeding Gums While Flossing and Brushing

While there are a variety of factors which could influence the bleeding in gums — from genetics to hormone fluctuations, it is not normal for gums to chronically bleed while brushing and flossing. Here at our Central Georgia dental practice, we get a lot of questions about the link between bleeding gums and flossing and/or brushing.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

By and large, bleeding gums per se may be influenced by the following factors:

  • Vitamin deficiency such as Vitamin C

  • Medications such as blood thinners

  • Clotting or bleeding disorders

  • Hormonal shifts

  • Oral lesions and/or sores

  • Medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, scurvy, leukemia

Bleeding Gums While Brushing and Flossing

As mentioned earlier, chronic bleeding of the gums while brushing and flossing is not normal. This can be attributed to plaque formation which in turn will irritate the gums. It has been found out that forgetting to brush and floss even for 2 days will make your gums more prone to bleeding.

Reducing Plaque Formation

You cannot stop the formation of plaque as your gums are in contact every day with food. Yet you can actually reduce such occurrence by actually brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Also, it’s also advised that you visit your dentist and/or periodontist to help you remove plaque in hard-to-reach areas.

Periodontics in Warner Robins, GA

Our specialty practice Periodontics, is devoted to ensuring that the gum and bone tissues that support your teeth or implants are healthy and disease free. Gum disease is sadly the number one cause of adult tooth loss. We stay focused on the most current techniques to treat this condition.

Our recent commitment to acquire and utilize the PerioLase(R) reflects our goal of acquiring and mastering the most current technologies to best serve your treatment needs. We will be the 1st practice in Middle Georgia to offer this exciting technology. It will allow us to treat moderate to advanced gum disease without cutting or sewing.

Visit the Central Georgia Periodontics and Dental Implants Center now if you’d like to know more about how to avoid bleeding gums.  Call us at 478.923.0232 or fill out this contact request form to set up an initial consultation. We look forward to your visit!