Ask the dentist – When I brush my teeth, my gums bleed. Is that bad?

Ask The Dentist

When I brush my teeth, my gums bleed. Is that bad?

Brushing your teeth should not cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums indicates that something s wrong and needs the attention of yourself and/or your dentist. The cause of gum irritation and infection can range from poor home care, poor diet, systemic illness, and prescribed medications, to periodontal disease. The type of toothbrush, toothpaste and how frequently you brush and floss can also reflect on your gingival health. You should be seeing your dentist at least every 6 months to monitor your oral health and home care. Seeing your dentist not only helps maintain good oral health, but can also help prevent further complications that can be expensive and time consuming to correct.

Robin JungblutAsk the dentist – When I brush my teeth, my gums bleed. Is that bad?