What Do Bleeding Gums Mean?

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Here at OF Dental Care, we want patients to live a healthy life and that includes having a smile that you are confident about! In addition to sparkling teeth, your gums play a crucial role in keeping your teeth and mouth healthy. Healthy gums should be pink in color and not red or bleeding. The occasional small bleed after flossing is usually okay, but if your gums are constantly bleeding after you brush your teeth, this might be a sign of a more serious health issue. There are many potential causes of a gum bleed. Some of these problems are more serious than others. If you experience bleeding gums, it’s important to visit your favorite dentist in West Hollywood, Dr. Omid Farahmand, as soon as possible.

Causes of a Bleeding Gum

  • Gingivitus/Gum Disease: Gingivitus is the first stage of gum disease and is an inflammation of the gums. If plaque is not brushed or flossed off of the teeth and gums, it breeds bacteria that will infect your gums and cause decay. This decay causes gums to become swollen, tender, and sometimes, bleeding during brushing or flossing. Prevent or stop gingivitis by practicing proper brushing and flossing and staying on top of your routine dental check-ups.
  • Medications: It’s possible that some blood thinning medications can cause your gums to bleed. Let your dentist know if you are on any blood thinners every time you visit.
  • Pregnancy: Pregnancy can cause bleeding gums as hormones can affect the entire body and make the gums sensitive and prone to bleeding.
  • Changes to Your Daily Dental Routine: A change in your flossing or brushing routine can lead to bleeding gums. If you take a couple of days off from flossing, or you increase the rate per week at which you floss, then you could experience some bleeding. If bleeding persists after a week, call your dentist. Additionally, if you switch to a hard bristle toothbrush, you might experience some minor bleeding upon usage.

Concerned about Bleeding Gums?

If you are experiencing persistent bleeding or inflammation in your gums, call Dr. Omid Farahmand of OF Dental Care immediately. At your visit, Dr. Farahmand can identify the cause of your bleeding and give you the proper treatment so you can smile with ease!

For further information or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Farahmand, DMD,highly reputable and experienced dentist in West Hollywood, please contact OF Dental Care at 310.273.3650 or visit www.OFDentalCare.com to learn more.

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