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You probably know that you should brush your teeth every day for two minutes at a time. You also know that you should floss every day. Have you ever been told that bleeding gums is a normal part of caring for your pearly whites? Sadly, this isn’t true. In fact, bleeding gums could actually indicate more serious issues.

Did you know that bleeding disease is one of the most common causes of bleeding gums? Luckily, bleeding gums can also happen during the earliest stages of gum disease. You see, gum disease can worsen over time if it isn’t addressed, but is fairly easy to treat in its earliest stages. However, if gum disease isn’t treated, you could ultimately lose teeth and may experience sensitivity to temperature and sore gums.

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 Evan L. Wheeler, DDS, PC at 907-479-8123. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and to offer you personalized advice. Dr. Evan Wheeler and our team are eager to hear from you.