Why do Gums Bleed when Brushing?

Many people—especially kids—will sometimes notice bleeding from their gums when brushing or flossing their teeth. This can be a sign of a serious gum diseases like gingivitis.

Read more to learn about the causes of bleeding gums and what you can do to prevent it.

Why Do I Have Bleeding Gums?

Below are some common reasons why gums bleed:

Why Do Gums Bleed?

When you eat, tiny pieces of food become lodged in your gums. If those pieces of food don’t get brushed or flossed away, they can turn into bacteria and acid which form blood blisters in the pockets of your gums. Brushing and flossing can break open these blisters and release the blood from inside. 

However, this is not the only reason your gums can bleed while brushing. Sometimes it’s the brushing itself that can cause bleeding. Using a firm back-and-forth brushing motion with hard bristles can irritate your gums and lead to bleeding.

How Can I Stop My Child’s Gums from Bleeding?

You child should brush and floss regularly and see a dentist twice a year. Brushing only cleans about 60% of the surface area of your teeth. The remaining 40% is taken care of by flossing.

Brushing and flossing every day can help fight off the bacteria that leads to bleeding gums. Avoiding sugary foods and drinks can also help. 

When brushing, your child should use a toothbrush with soft bristles and brush in a gentle, circular motion to prevent gum irritation. To floss your child’s teeth, just follow our easy step-by-step guide

What Are Other Symptoms of Gum Disease?

Besides bleeding gums, gum disease can also cause:

  • Loose teeth, shifting, or changes in the way teeth fit together
  • Bad breath or a bad taste in the mouth
  • Gums that are red, swollen, receding, or tender

Visit Your Local Kool Smile Today

The best way to prevent gum disease as an adult is to learn proper oral care when you’re young. Learn how to make brushing fun for kids and schedule an appointment with a kid-friendly dentist at Kool Smiles.

Visit us at one of our locations, or give us a call today.

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Sources:

Colgate: http://www.colgate.com/en/us/oc/oral-health/conditions/gum-disease/article/five-things-you-can-do-if-your-gums-are-bleeding-1014

Prevention: http://www.prevention.com/health/health-concerns/9-weird-reasons-your-gums-are-bleeding