Why do my gums bleed after a dental cleaning?
Some people might experience their gums bleeding after dental cleanings, but rarely any other time. This is likely due to plaque and tartar buildup along the gum line due to a lack of flossing. When a dental instrument disrupts this bacteria that is tucked under the edges of your gums, the swollen tissue will react by bleeding. This might seem concerning to someone who rarely has gum bleeding. However, it is a positive thing. Getting a thorough dental cleaning is one of the best ways to keep bleeding gums from returning. From here, you can maintain your gums with better oral hygiene by flossing daily.
How can I stop my gums from bleeding?
First, let’s consider the main reasons why your gums are bleeding. The most common reasons for gums to bleed include the following:
Disease: Gum disease is the primary cause of bleeding gums. This can include mild gingivitis all the way to aggressive periodontal disease.
Trauma: When your mouth experiences trauma such as a hit or bump, this can lead to extensive bleeding. If you accidentally cut your gums by flossing incorrectly or by your toothbrush slipping, this could cause your gums to bleed.
Systemic Health Problems: Systemic health problems include anything from vitamin deficiency to genetic disorders. These problems may increase your chances of having bleeding gums.
If you only have gingivitis, it is possible to stop bleeding gums in about two weeks’ time. To do so, you should angle your toothbrush towards your gum lines when you brush in short back-and-forth strokes across one or two teeth at a time. This will stimulate the gum lines and disrupt any plaque that may be present.
Next, you are going to wrap a strand of floss around the side of the tooth and slide the floss in up and down motions while slipping the floss under the gumlines. The floss should stay in a C shape during this process.
Finally, you should schedule a professional dental cleaning every six months to remove any tartar buildup.
To learn more about preventing bleeding gums, contact our experienced dental team. We would be happy to schedule you for a cleaning. Give our office a call today to learn how we can help.
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