Gum Bleeding: What Does It Mean When You Brush Your Teeth

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Gum Bleeding
Gum Bleeding: What Does It Mean When You Brush Your Teeth

Do you find your gum bleeding while brushing? Ever wonder the reason behind this? There are two possibilities. It could be a sign of either something simple like a wrong brushing technique or a complicated oral disease resulting in the loss of a tooth. 

Here we are going to see some common causes of gum bleeding in the order of their severity.

Wrong Brushing or Flossing Technique

The simplest reason you can find for bleeding gum. Sometimes, if you are new to flossing, there is a chance that your gums are not used to that, which can also cause bleeding. The usage of a hard brush can also be a reason for this. 

Side Effects of Medications

Intake of some medications like blood thinners, anticoagulants, antidepressants, blood pressure tablets can also lead to gum bleeding.

Diabetes Causing Gum Bleeding

Bleeding of gums can also be a sign of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. How? Diabetes can result in high blood sugar in your body, even in saliva. This can cause the growth of plaque and germs in your mouth- especially in teeth and gum teeth, resulting in gum diseases.


Gingivitis is a type of mild gum disease. It is caused by the accumulation of plaque on the gumlines. The common symptoms include swelling, redness, and irritation of gums. You can get rid of gingivitis by adapting a regular dental hygiene routine and proper treatment from a dentist.


Periodontitis is a severe form of gingivitis. It is a severe type of gum disease and can damage the gum tissue and the bones supporting your teeth, leading to teeth loss. Your gums will be inflamed and infected. 

So, you must consider visiting a dentist as early as possible, as gingivitis is relatively easily curable compared to periodontitis.

Bleeding of gums should be taken seriously, and you must visit your nearest dentistry

Next Steps: Visit Your Dentist

If you’re experiencing bleeding gums, contact your dentist immediately. Don’t wait until the problem gets worse, it may become more severe and costly. We are accepting new patients in Los Gatos, San Jose and the surrounding Bay Area. Call us today or schedule an appointment online if your problem persists.

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