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Is It Normal For Gums To Bleed?

Posted on 6/5/2023 by Shiv Sharma, DDS
Is It Normal For Gums To Bleed?Bleeding gums after you brush is normal. This may result from changes in the dental cleaning routine or using a damaged toothbrush. However, if bleeding worsens or becomes regular, it could indicate serious dental issues. Learn the factors that can cause gums to bleed.


Gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, is the leading cause of bleeding gums. It occurs when plaque buildup along the gum line. When not removed, plaque can irritate the gums, making them swollen, inflamed, and bleed easily. If not undressed, this condition can evolve into periodontitis, resulting in gum deterioration and tooth loss. The good thing is that treating gum disease during the early stages may not involve extensive surgery. Thus, it would be best to consult a dentist immediately after you notice the early signs of gum disease (bleeding gums).

Brushing Vigorously

You may think that brushing too hard will clean the teeth better. However, it increases the risks of bleeding gums and gum recession. The gums are sensitive. Thus, brushing too hard can irritate them, leading to bleeding. In this case, you should implement the right brushing techniques. This may involve using a soft-bristled toothbrush and being gentle when brushing.


Pregnancy causes hormonal changes in the body. This makes the gums sensitive and bleeds during brushing or flossing. In addition, many women change their diets during pregnancy. You may eat more fast foods, carbs, and sweets, increasing the risk of plaque buildup. Plaque contributes to gum diseases, a leading cause of bleeding gums.

In addition, pregnant women are at a high risk of having dry mouths. Less saliva in the mouth means that the food you eat will hang around your mouth for an extended period, leading to plaque buildup. Over time, the plaque bacteria will irritate the gums, causing bleeding. Do your gums bleed easily when you brush or floss? Schedule an appointment today, and we will identify the underlying cause of your bleeding gums.

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