Are bleeding gums ok?

Are bleeding gums ok?

No, bleeding gums is your body’s way of signalling that something’s amiss. The most common cause is bacteria under the gums, caused by plaque build-up.

Bacteria within this plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, and this is commonly known as Gingivitis. Gingivitis can lead to Periodontal Disease, so it’s important that you take action when you notice bleeding.

Whilst it might seem like a good idea to stop brushing and flossing, its actually a sign that you need to do more brushing and flossing (twice daily), to reduce the amount of bacteria present. You should also have a professional scale and clean every 6-12 months to remove any calculus that you can’t remove with your brush.

Whilst Gingivitis is the most common cause of bleeding gums, there are other conditions that can cause gums to bleed such as:

  • Leukaemia
  • Medications containing blood thinners
  • Improper brushing or flossing
  • Hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Infection

If bleeding persists or you are worried about your periodontal health, please contact your dental team for further advice.