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Causes Of Bleeding Gums When Brushing

Causes Of Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums are important because they keep the teeth in place. If gums start bleeding when you brush your teeth, then this may be an indication that something is wrong. Even though bleeding does not always mean that there is a problem, you require a dental exam when it happens. You might want to make an appointment with a Barrie dentist so that the problem can be identified and resolved immediately.



This is a health condition where there is an inflammation of the gum tissue. Bacteria cause the inflammation. The gingival tissue becomes swollen and forms blood blisters. When you brush, the blood blisters will open causing bleeding.



Smoking is a huge concern in cosmetic dentistry Barrie as it’s a major cause of teeth discoloration. In addition to discoloration, it may lead to malnourished gums. With continued smoking, the gums appear to be larger than usual and eventually start to bleed when one brushes teeth.



Blood thinning medication can also be a cause of bleeding gums. The medications reduce the blood’s ability to clot leading to easy bleeding.



Stress affects one’s health and well-being in many different ways. One of the symptoms you may experience when you are stressed out is bleeding gums.

Causes Of Bleeding Gums When Brushing

New Teeth Cleaning Techniques

If you start flossing more frequently you may notice some bleeding. Switching from a soft to a firm toothbrush may lead to bleeding too. Bleeding caused by new teeth cleaning or flossing techniques should stop within a few days. If the bleeding continues, talk to a dentist Barrie so that they can help you determine which toothbrush or cleaning technique is good for your teeth.

Causes Of Bleeding Gums When Brushing


Some women will experience bleeding gums during pregnancy as a result of the breakdown of the immune system. This is called pregnancy gingivitis. During pregnancy, there are hormonal changes that interfere with the body’s response to bacteria responsible for gum disease. The problem should clear after pregnancy. Expectant women are advised to go for regular dental checkups and to brush and floss their teeth regularly.


Brushing Too Hard

If you brush too hard, the gums will become irritated and start to bleed. You should brush gently, covering all the teeth surfaces. For young children, you can supervise them as they brush until they are old enough to know the amount of force to apply when brushing.


Deficiency of Vitamin C

Vitamin C deficiency can cause bleeding gums and loose teeth. Dentistry Barrie recommends an increase in the intake of vitamin C when one is pregnant or breastfeeding. The main sources of vitamin C are fruits and vegetables including citrus fruits, tomatoes, kiwifruit, broccoli, berries, papaya and green leafy vegetables.


Vitamin K Deficiency

Vitamin K is involved in blood clotting. Deficiencies arise from inadequate intake, prolonged use of antibiotics and blood thinning and anticoagulant therapy. Sources of vitamin K include green leafy vegetables, milk, yoghurt, eggs, cabbage, cauliflower and tomatoes.


Other vitamins linked with bleeding gums include vitamin A and Niacin.

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