HOW YOU CAN PREVENT BLEEDING GUMS WHEN BRUSHING TEETH

Healthy gums don’t bleed, so seeing blood in your spit when brushing or flossing is not normal. It could be an early sign of gum disease, so make sure you speak to your dental professional if you do experience bleeding gums when brushing teeth.

WHY DO MY GUMS BLEED WHEN I BRUSH MY TEETH?

Bleeding gums when brushing teeth can be a sign of gum disease, not that you are brushing too hard or using the wrong toothbrush. Bleeding gums can be caused by the build-up of plaque bacteria around, on and in between your teeth. Unless removed (usually by brushing), this bacteria can irritate your gums, which may cause the blood you see when brushing.

Bleeding gums when brushing teeth causes no pain but it is still important to consult your dental professional if you see blood when you brush or floss. A dental professional can give advice on how to treat your bleeding gums to stop them progressing into a more serious form of gum disease like periodontitis.

But here are five simple steps you can take to improve your daily oral care routine to reduce your risk of seeing blood when you brush your teeth: