What Does It Mean If My Gums Bleed?


Seeing some blood on your toothbrush can be unnerving, but fortunately not all bleeding gums indicate Gingivitis. Though this is most commonly a symptom of some degree of gum disease there are also a couple of reasons that you may have some bleeding not related to gum disease. It is important to know the reasons associated with the bleeding and take appropriate actions to correct the problem and make sure that there is not a larger problem at hand.

Brushing Too Hard

Brushing too hard is not only an ineffective way of cleaning your teeth and gums, but it can also cause your gums to bleed in more extreme cases. This is especially true if you are using a hard bristle brush. Depending on how vigorously you brush your teeth, a medium or hard-bristled brush could actually damage the gums, root surface, and protective tooth enamel. For the vast majority of people, a soft-bristled toothbrush is recommended. If you still have issues with pressing too hard on your gums you may need something to help train you on the proper pressure. There are several products on the market to help you do this including Oral-B’s mart series of toothbrushes.

Pregnancy and Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy hormones can cause your gums to swell and become inflamed, making them bleed more easily when you brush or clean between your teeth. About 50% of expectant mothers experience a condition known as pregnancy gingivitis. go to the dentist at least once during your pregnancy for a checkup and cleaning and be sure to tell your dentist you’re pregnant.


According to the American Academy of Periodontology, up to 80% of the adult population has some level of periodontal disease. Gingivitis is a mild, non-destructive form of gum disease, but gingivitis can develop into the more serious condition called periodontitis, which is why good dental care is so important. Gingivitis, is reversible with good oral hygiene. You should see your dentist immediately if you suspect you have Gingivitis.

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