Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush?

Gum bleeding has had some misconceptions when it comes to oral hygiene. Some people believe they are just brushing too hard or that a minor mouth injury like a pizza burn has become irritated. While both of these are plausible reasons for bleeding during brushing, continued bleeding is not normal. If your gums bleed often, you may have gingivitis. Our Pella dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Allen, will explain why pink in the sink should not be ignored.

Understanding Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the beginning stages of gum disease. Recognizing and treating the symptoms of gingivitis is imperative because gum disease is a progressive illness. The longer you ignore signs of periodontal infection, the worse gum disease will grow. Early treatment will help prevent the spread of infection and worsening dental issues. Here are some signs you may need periodontal care:

  • Gum bleeding (especially during brushing)
  • Swollen or sensitive gums
  • Deep red or purple gum tissue
  • Foul mouth odors

Periodontal Care in Pella

At the first sign of gingivitis, contact your Pella dentist, Dr. Allen, for a dental cleaning. We can help determine if you have gingivitis and develop a treatment plan that will help improve your oral health. Dr. Allen can also give you tips for better oral hygiene at home to keep gingivitis at bay. Although gum disease is not curable, frequent dental cleanings and consistent, proper oral hygiene will help reduce your risk of more severe gum disease and periodontitis. For more information about gum disease prevention and periodontal care, contact our dental office in Pella.

An Invitation for Your Family

Dr. Jeffrey Allen provides comfortable dental care to patients of all ages. Call (641) 628-1121 today to schedule a checkup and cleaning, cosmetic consultation, or second-opinion visit. We are located on the west side of the historic town square in Pella, IA. Please see the map for directions.