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Why Gums Bleed

by | Jul 26, 2017 | Uncategorized

If you have ever been brushing your teeth and you notice that your gums start to bleed a little it could be due to several reasons. It can affect anyone at any point in their life, and it is actually quite common. The article below uncovers 14 potential reasons your gums are bleeding while brushing and offers ways to help stop it from happening. Check it out, and if you have any questions don’t be afraid to ask at your next visit with us!

Have you suddenly noticed that your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? This is very common. If it hasn’t happened to you yet, you should know that it can happen at any time.

The are many reasons why they may bleed. However, the main reason is due to not taking care of them properly.

Your mouth is usually a large repository of germs and bacteria, so it’s recommended to:

  • Frequently change your toothbrush.
  • Use floss to remove residue that remains between your teeth.
  • Visit the dentist at least twice a year.

Nevertheless, bleeding from your gums is quite common, even though it may not seem so.

If you notice that they bleed when you bite or that you see blood when spit after brushing your teeth, take this as a warning that something is wrong with them.

When you have healthy gums, they don’t bleed.  However, it’s likely that this symptom will be ignored and downplayed. Unfortunately, you may end up losing some teeth if you don’t pay attention to your gums.

Below, you’ll find the most important reasons why your gums bleed:

1. Gingivitis

Gingivitis is one of the main and most common reasons why your gums bleed. This condition describes the weakening and inflammation of the gums that occurs due to plaque buildup.

The most effective remedy for this problem is to improve your oral hygiene.

See also: Natural Ways to Treat Gingivitis 

2. Lack of vitamin K

Vitamin K deficiency causes the gums to bleed. This vitamin is essential for the proteins involved in the coagulation process to function properly.


Excessively consuming tobacco

causes damage to the teeth and causes oral treatments to malfunction.

If you smoke, you’re likely to see your gums bleed when eating hard foods or brushing your teeth.

If you have begun to see the problem, it could just be a sign of future problems.

4. Age

In this case, bleeding gums are normal to a certain extent. The older you are, the more likely your gums will bleed.

5. Diabetes

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If you have


, it’s normal for your gums to bleed (up to a certain point).

Usually, this occurs when brushing your teeth very aggressively or with a toothbrush with very hard bristles.

  • Be sure to gently brush your teeth and make sure your toothbrush has soft bristles. If you have any questions, ask your dentist.

6. Poor nutrition

The lack of necessary nutrients in the body as well as the absence of important vitamins like vitamins A, B and C can cause your gums to weaken and, consequently, to bleed.

It’s important that you make sure to have a varied and healthy diet. If you think you currently don’t have this, then it’s time to eat more fruits and vegetables.

7. Certain medications

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Occasionally, those under continuous medical treatment may experience bleeding gums.

This is because certain medications decrease salivation, which causes some bacteria to become more prone to reproducing.

  • If you see that your gums are bleeding and you just started taking some medication, ask your doctor or dentist if both factors are related.
  • If they are, you can ask to be put on different medication if your treatment will be very long or wait to finish your current medications if you only need to take it for a few days.

8. Stress

Although you may not believe this, stress can cause your gums and oral tissues to weaken and cause them to bleed due to the lowering of your defenses.

Ideally, you should look for alternatives to relax when you feel that stress is pushing you to the limit.

9. Lack of dental pieces

When you have teeth missing, you don’t bite properly. This causes the uneven friction of the teeth to affect the gums, which makes them bleed.

If this is your case, ask your dentist to replace your missing tooth with resin or the material of your choice.

10. Low defenses


The body tends to succumb to various diseases when it doesn’t have adequate protection.

Some health problems such as anemia may be the reason why your gums are bleeding (due to increased proliferation of bacteria).

11. Lack of visits to the dentist

If your oral area is not checked regularly, there will be no rapid diagnosis.

Going to the dentist to remove plaque is of great importance to your overall health.

12. Oral infections

Remember that saliva is a source of the transfer of bacteria. Be careful who you kiss to avoid bacterial problems that cause inflammation and gums conditions.

13. Pregnancy

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Pregnancy is one of the reasons why your gums may bleed. Although it’s a very normal state, it can cause major changes. Your doctor will tell you what actions to take.

14. Defective dental  work

Did you get dental treatment and then your gums started to bleed? This occurs when denture work or dental fillings have been poorly placed or when a dental cleaning is done very aggressively.

Take it to your dentist to correct the problem or seek a second opinion.
Call our Phoenix, AZ, dental office to make an appointment with a dentist who may be able to help you find out more about this topic, and improve your oral health.