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You probably know that you should brush your teeth every day for two minutes at a time. You also know that you should floss every day. Have you ever been told that bleeding gums is a normal part of caring for your pearly whites? Sadly, this isn’t true. In fact, bleeding gums could actually indicate more serious issues.

One of the most common reasons for bleeding gums is gum disease. Gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease, can infect your gums, leading to swelling and discomfort. Luckily, if gum disease is recognized early enough, it can be treated fairly easily.

Certain medications can also lead to bleeding gums. As you may know, many medications thin your blood, which decreases your blood’s ability to clot. Sadly, this can lead to more sensitive gums and to bleeding gums. This is one reason we recommend telling your dentist about any medications you’re taking.

However, your gums could also bleed because of brushing and flossing. If you haven’t flossed in some time, starting can cause bleeding gums. If this bleeding doesn’t stop within a week, please schedule an appointment with our team. Similarly, if you use a toothbrush with hard bristles, you could damage your teeth or gums—which could cause bleeding.

Are you experiencing bleeding gums? Are you worried about the medications you’re taking or about gum disease? Would you simply like to schedule an appointment with our dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins? If so, please don’t hesitate to call Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 830-331-7355. We’ll be happy to inspect your pearly whites for signs of trouble and give you personalized advice. We look forward to receiving your call!