Gums are equally important as teeth for a healthy smile and good oral hygiene. Healthy gums should look full and pink. However, many people experience bleeding and inflamed gums, especially when brushing.


There are many reasons your gums bleed. Changing your oral hygiene habits such as flossing more regularly or brushing too hard can irritate your gums and cause bleeding. Changing hormones during pregnancy and some medications can also cause bleeding gums. Tobacco use and poor diet contribute to poor gum health.

Bleeding gums are also a sign of gingivitis, the beginning stage of periodontal and gum disease. Gingivitis develops from a buildup of plaque, food, and bacteria in the nooks of the teeth that irritate the gums. Gums become red, swollen and bleed easily. Other symptoms of gingivitis are bad breath, sensitive gums, and gums separating from and loosening teeth. 

What Can I Do?

Although bleeding gums while brushing can be common for many people, do not ignore them. If you have bleeding gums, it is critical to see the dentists at Carolina Smiles Dentistry. Regular cleanings and checkups are important to stop gum and periodontal disease in its tracks. Your dentist will evaluate any bleeding and help you set a daily oral routine to keep your gums and smile healthy.

Carolina Smiles Dentistry of Durham, North Carolina is a family-oriented general practice. We provide a comfortable and welcoming environment for both adults and children, with a focus on Pediatric Dental Care.

Please call us at (919) 620-6700 to set up an appointment or visit our website atwww.CarolinaSmilesNC.com. We can’t wait to make you smile!

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