Why do my gums bleed? It's a question that we have to field in our office more often than we'd like. Bleeding gums are a sign that something isn't right with your mouth. When your gums bleed, it's a sign of inflammation, and inflammation that severe is never a good thing. As "the best family dentist practice in Staten Island"- and we think we are - it's important to us that we make sure our patients know exactly what causes bleeding gums so they can help prevent it.
As we just said, bleeding gums are caused by inflammation - too much inflammation. As we talked about in our previous post about gingivitis vs periodontitis, there are levels of gum inflammation. Gingivitis is mild inflammation, which we all have to some degree. Inflammation that can lead to oral disease is periodontitis, and that's when things get dicey.
When the gums become extremely inflamed the blood vessels close to the surface of the gums can become damaged and bleed. This is why it's a big red flag regarding your oral health if you see bleeding when you brush or floss.
Although the main cause of bleeding gums tends to be gum disease, there are other causes, as well. It's important to understand these causes so you can help us determine what might be the underlying cause of your bleeding gums if you have them.
The first line of defense to prevent periodontitis, the root cause of bleeding gums in most cases, is to practice proper oral health care.
And as GI Joe said, knowing is half the battle. If you've been looking at your sink after you brush and asking, "Why do my gums bleed," then we hope this entry will help you get to the cause of the problem. One of the best ways to figure out what's causing your bleeding is to schedule an appointment with us. In addition to being the best implant dentist in Staten Island, we're also the best family dentist practice in Staten Island, and we'd love to help you.