Realizing your gums bleed when brushing your teeth, can be a disturbing sight to see for some people. There are several potential reasons for this to occur. It's better to understand the common sources of bleeding gums, so you can recognize potential oral infections and diseases, regardless of what the cause is. Look at the list below to find out more about why your gums could be bleeding. 

Gingivitis

Generally, this seems to be what people think when they see bleeding from their gums. Gingivitis is often seen as the first stage of periodontal disease and often develops when plaque and other bacteria have grown around your teeth and below your gum line. 

Fortunately, by regularly brushing and flossing thoroughly and scheduling regular check-ups with your dentist, you can reverse the effects of this point. 

Certain medications

Blood thinning medicines are among the top-rated medicines considered linked to bleeding gums. This research is based on the report provided by the American Dental Association that these medications reduce the capacity of the blood to clot, making it easier for you to bleed in general. Consult with your doctor and dentist about any of these drugs to ensure you should continue using them

For more information

These are just some of the potential causes as to why your gums bleed. The best way to be sure of what the actual cause might be is to schedule regular check-ups and cleanings with your dentist. 

For more information on bleeding gums, what causes them to bleed, and how to stop and correct this problem, contact our offices located in Springfield, Missouri. We will be more than glad to schedule an appointment with Dr. Leo Tokarczyk to discuss this topic in further detail.