If you’ve noticed blood in the sink or on your toothbrush after you brush or floss your teeth, it’s a sign you shouldn’t ignore. Strong, healthy gums do not bleed, and one of the most common reasons for bleeding gums is gum disease.
Bleeding gums are one of the signs of early gum disease, a condition called gingivitis. Luckily, gingivitis is entirely reversible, usually by professionally cleaning your teeth.
Afterwards, you will need to brush and floss your teeth meticulously to help them recover and gradually, they will stop bleeding.
Hormonal changes can affect your gums, increasing their sensitivity to bacteria. As a result, your gums may swell and will bleed more easily, which is a condition called pregnancy gingivitis. It’s important to see your dentist regularly during pregnancy, and we can help control these symptoms and offer other advice on how to care for your teeth while you are pregnant.
Sometimes specific medications such as aspirin and blood thinners can increase the likelihood of bleeding gums. It’s important to tell us if you are taking these medications, so we can provide you with the proper treatment.