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At the dental practice of Alberto A. Herrero, DDS, we would like our patients to know that taking good care of your oral health by brushing and flossing daily benefits not just your precious pearly whites, but your gum health as well. Your gums, which cushion and support your teeth, are a good indicator of your general health which can let you know when something is not quite right.

The main contributor to bleeding gum is the buildup of plaque at the gum line. This plaque buildup leads to inflamed gums, or gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which can cause the gums to bleed. What else can cause your gums to bleed?

Brushing too hard: brushing too hard can irritate the gums, so try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush with gentle, circular motions instead of back and forth sawing.

Vitamin deficiency: too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K.

Anemia: if you are anemic, you will have a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood caused by a lack of iron in your diet.

Medication: blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen) and certain blood pressure medications can result in gum inflammation.

Smoking: the toxins from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in dry mouth.

Hormonal Changes: pregnancy and menstruation cause a hormonal spike which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, affecting gum tissue.

Infection: if you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones that support your teeth. This can also increase risk of heart attack and stroke.

If your gums bleed, or you have any questions regarding your oral health, please don’t hesitate to give us a call today at 734-222-9140 and let us help. Alberto A. Herrero, DDS and our dedicated team are happy to help our patients in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and the neighboring communities achieve a healthy, confident smile!