Dealing with Bleeding Gums after Brushing or Flossing Teeth
If you notice bleeding gums after your child brushes their teeth, this may be a sign of a serious health issue. Even though everyone has experienced a little gum bleeding every now and then, excessive or frequent bleeding can be a symptom of a much larger problem.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
There are many reasons why your child's gums may bleed when they brush their teeth. The main cause is usually from a buildup of plaque at the gum line.
When plaque is left around the gum line for too long, it can either:
- Inflame the gums, which causes them to bleed and leads to gingivitis
- Harden into tartar, which will increase the bleeding and potentially turn into periodontitis
However, there are also several other reasons for bleeding gums after brushing:
- Brushing too hard
- Bad flossing technique
- Tooth- or gum-related infections
- Vitamin K deficiency
If you notice a lot of blood and think your child is having an emergency, call 911 or seek urgent care immediately.
The best way to know for sure why your child's gums bleed after brushing their teeth is to visit your nearest Kool Smiles dentist.
Kool Smiles Teaches Children Proper Oral Hygiene
At Kool Smiles, our general dentists are skilled in working with children. We can help identify the cause of your child's bleeding gums after they brush their teeth.
We want to make sure that every child that comes into our clinic learns proper dental habits. We have an Oral Health FAQ available on our website for parents to reinforce these positive lifestyle changes at home.
Parents can even use activities available on our blog to help their kids enjoy taking care of their teeth and gums.
If you're concerned for your child's dental health, give us a call at (855) 854-3621 or find a Kool Smiles location near you.