Bleeding gums can be a sign that you have or are at risk for gum disease.
The main cause of bleeding gum is the buildup of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums.
Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum disease is known as periodontitis.
Other causes of bleeding gums include:
- Any bleeding disorder
- Brushing too hard
- Hormonal changes during pregnancy
Visit the dentist at least once every 6 months for plaque removal. Follow your dentist’s home care instructions.
You should brush your teeth gently with a soft-bristle toothbrush at least twice a day.
Cleaning between the teeth once a day can prevent plaque from building up.