Why are my gums bleeding?


There are a number of reasons why you may be experiencing sensitivity, redness or bleeding gums. Believe it or not, bleeding gums is actually very common and not always a serious issue. This doesn’t, however, mean it should be ignored. If your gums are bleeding, monitor when it is happening, the severity and if there are any other symptoms or issues affecting your gums. Here are some of the most common reasons for bleeding gums.

1. Brushing Your Teeth Too Hard

Sometimes, gums may bleed as a result of your teeth brushing technique. This may be due to brushing too hard, too vigorously, using a toothbrush with hard bristles or using a worn-out brush that should be replaced. To rule out if this is the reason behind your gums bleeding, be more gentle with your teeth brushing and switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. 

2. Flossing Technique or Not Flossing Regularly Enough

Similarly to the above point about brushing your teeth too hard, flossing can also irritate and cause bleeding gums. This may be due to flossing your teeth too hard or going over the same area too many times. If you have only started flossing, or floss very irregularly, your gums may bleed as a result of not being used to it. 

3. Ill-Fitting or Damaged Dentures (Or Other Restorations)

If you wear dentures or have any other dental restorations, any damage or problems with their fit can hurt and/or irritate your gums. If you notice your dentures feel tighter, looser or have broken or chipped in any way, you should book an emergency appointment to see an East Bentleigh dentist as soon as you can to repair the issue. The same goes for any other dental restorations like broken fillings.  

4. Gum Inflammation 

There are many different reasons why your gums might be inflamed including:

  • Pregnancy 
  • Sensitivity to a type of toothpaste or mouthwash
  • Hormone changes 
  • Medication 
  • Chemotherapy and other treatments 
  • Improper brushing or flossing 
  • Gum disease 

In any case, it is worth booking a consultation with your local East Bentleigh dentist to confirm the cause and get checked for gum disease. This way, you can enjoy peace of mind and receive treatment for your gum inflammation so that you can feel comfortable again.

5. Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease caused by a buildup of plaque on your gum line. It causes gum inflammation and can leave your gums feeling sore and bleeding during teeth-brushing. Luckily, Gingivitis is a common condition that can easily be treated and reversed. The treatment involves mostly hygiene measures and using antibacterial dental products. 

If you are experiencing bleeding gums or suspect you may have Gingivitis, be sure to visit a dentist as soon as you can to prevent it from advancing to severe gum disease (Periodontitis). 

6. Periodontitis 

Periodontitis is the name for severe gum disease. When gum disease advances to periodontitis, it becomes a chronic condition that cannot be reversed. The good news is that there are various Periodontal Treatments in East Bentleigh that can considerably improve the symptoms. 

That’s why it is essential that you see a dentist as soon as you notice any signs of gum disease, even if it is just bleeding gums. Left untreated, a severe case of Periodontitis can become a dental emergency and lead to gum pain or even tooth loss. 

Bleeding Gums? Book A Consultation With A Reliable Dentist in East Bentleigh

If your gums are irritated or bleeding, book a consultation with our dentist in East Bentleigh today. At Jacobsen Dental, our experienced team will help you with high-quality patient care, gum disease evaluation and treatment when necessary. If you have any other questions about gum health, contact our team today on (03) 8525 3875 and we will be happy to help.