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Daily oral care habits such as brushing and flossing your teeth and gums are vital to maintaining the health of your smile. Along with caring for your teeth, we urge you to maintain the health of gums in order to perform functions such as cushioning and supporting the teeth. If you have bleeding gums, you may be suffering from other oral health conditions that are affecting your gum tissues.

Dental plaque is the biggest culprit of bleeding gums because it is rich in bacteria that inflames the gum tissue and results in the earliest stage of gum disease, with bleeding gums as one of the symptoms. Bleeding in the gums can result from many different sources, such as:

– Aggressive brushing: Gum tissue is sensitive and can become irritated if brushed too hard. If you tend to brush by sawing back and forth, switch to using a soft-bristled toothbrush that you move in gentle, circular motions.

– Vitamin deficiency: If you are lacking Vitamin C and K and other essential vitamins in your system, it can affect your gums.

– Anemia: Insufficient iron in the diet can prevent your body from having enough hemoglobin and red blood cells.

– Medication: Prescription medication for high blood pressure and blood thinners can include side effects such as gum inflammation and bleeding in the gums.

– Smoking: Tobacco products are full of toxins that can lead to gum irritation and dry mouth.

– Hormones: Spiking hormones during pregnancy or menstruation throw off your oral chemical balance and can change the health of your gum tissue.

– Infection: Periodontitis is a serious gum infection that affects the teeth and underlying bone and can increase your likelihood of stroke and heart attack.

Contact Truman Village Family Dental at 816-569-9800 to today if you struggle with bleeding gums in Independence, Missouri, and need to speak with Drs. Jensen or Turnbow, our dentists.