Are Bleeding gums automatically a sign of gum disease?!


Are Bleeding gums automatically a sign of gum disease?

Everytime I brush my teeth, my gums bleed. I do have a toothbrush with hard bristles. However, if there is a chance of gingivitus I would like to get it fixed.


Bleeding is a sign of gum disease and is NOT normal. I would think that you might be brushing just a little too hard, but it would actually hurt if you were brushing too hard, and if it is happening EVERY time then I know it is not from something else. While some medications could cause bleeding gums and dilantin hyperplasia (gingival overgrowth), you didn't say you were taking any medications so I assume you probably just have gingivitis. It is very common, and many people think it is because their gums are weak or soft, however that is not so. Healthy gingiva should be firm and pale pink, not red or swollen. You need to see your dental hygienist to get a cleaning and treat it before it becomes worse. Also, switch to a soft bristled toothbrush. I would also recommend using Listerine to help flush your gingiva from bacteria under your gumline. Be sure and brush at least 2x a day and floss as well:)

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