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What Should I Do If My Gums Are Bleeding?

Why Do My Gums Bleed?

Bleeding gums are caused by inadequate plaque removal. Plaque contains germs which attack the healthy tissue around the teeth. This will cause the gums to become inflamed and irritated, which may cause them to bleed when brushing or flossing. This is called Gingivitis and is the first stage of gum disease.

Bleeding Gums In Children & Teens

Children and teens are susceptible to the effects of gum disease and may experience bleeding gums if gingivitis is developing. If you or your child notices blood on their toothbrush, dental floss or when rinsing after toothbrushing, it is important to schedule a visit. Dr. Miller will examine the gums and look for the signs of gum disease.

The hormonal changes that accompany puberty can also lead to changes in the gum tissue, making them more susceptible to irritation and bleeding during brushing and flossing. It is important for your teen to visit the dentist regularly as they grow so that Dr. Miller and our team can monitor for any changes in their oral health during puberty.

What Can I Do To Prevent Gum Disease?

Practicing good oral hygiene is the key to preventing gum disease and keeping your overall oral health at 100%. Plus adding these tips will help you prevent bleeding gums and gum disease.

  • Brush your teeth
    • Brushing after meals helps remove food, debris, and plaque trapped between your teeth and gums. Don’t forget to include your tongue; bacteria love to hide there.
  • Floss 
    • Flossing at least once a day helps remove food particles and plaque between teeth and along the gum line that your toothbrush can’t quite reach.
  • Use Mouthwash 
    • Using mouthwash can help reduce plaque and can remove remaining food particles that brushing and flossing missed.
  • Kick Bad Habits
    • Smoking, Vape, and chewing tobacco are not only bad for your health, but they are also terrible for your oral health as it stains teeth.

Schedule An Appointment

Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park opens in early December and welcomes new patients from many local communities. Our office provides dental care for infants, children, and teens. Dr. Miller also works with special needs patients under the age of 18 and provides experienced dental care to meet their needs in a compassionate manner.

Call Dr. Miller at Pediatric Dentistry of Winter Park to find out more about the opening of our office and how to become a part of our growing dental family: 888-260-7819.