Have you ever brushed your teeth to then see blood when you spit out the toothpaste? If so, don’t worry. That’s a very common occurrence, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay for your dental health. Today, HomeTown Dental is sharing 5 possible causes for your bleeding gums.
Subpar Oral Hygiene
First and foremost, the most likely reason why your gums may be bleeding is because you aren’t taking proper care of your teeth. You should be brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each time and flossing at least once a day. For best results, we recommend that you use an electric toothbrush and an anti-bacterial toothpaste.
For those who take great care of their teeth yet still experience bleeding gums, the answer could lie in your genetics. You could be predisposed to gum disease, or even have inherited receding gums. Just like a receding hairline, receding gums occur when the gums begin to recede into the jaw. This can make your gums quite fragile and sensitive, causing them to bleed.
Poor Eating Habits
Whenever it comes to eating processed and unhealthy food, it isn’t just bad for your waistline. It affects your dental health just as much. A well-balanced diet not only helps to boost and maintain your immune system, but it also strengthens and fortifies the oral soft tissues.
Stress and Anxiety
Bleeding gums can also occur when you’re under a lot of stress and anxiety. Stress causes inflammation in the blood vessels, which breaks down the soft tissue of the mouth and makes your gums more susceptible to gum disease.
To add on to the pile of reasons to quit smoking cigarettes, chronic smoking causes fibrous and enlarged gums. These enlarged gums aren’t being properly nourished and are more likely to become agitated and bleed when brushing and flossing.
If you’re experiencing receding or bleeding gums, make an appointment with your local HomeTown Dental today! We can take a closer look and get to the root of the problem and help you get on the road to improving your dental health.
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