Bleeding Gums

Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Bleeding GumsIf you’ve been asking yourself, “Why are my gums bleeding?”, it’s time to contact Dr. Kitagawa at Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, CA. Dr. Kitagawa will not only help you get on the path to better gum and oral health, but she is dedicated to providing top-notch, comfortable dental care that gets to the root of the problem.

Common Causes Of Bleeding Gums

If you’ve noticed that your gums are swollen, red, and tender, or if you’ve spotted blood on your toothbrush after brushing, you’re probably wondering what’s causing it. Bleeding gums can be caused by a variety of issues, a few of which include:

  • Brushing Too Hard
  • Infrequent Flossing
  • Plaque Build-Up
  • Gum Disease (Gingivitis)
  • Blood-Thinning Medications

Sometimes the solution for bleeding gums is as simple as buying a different toothbrush or flossing more regularly. If that doesn’t fix the problem, there might be a medical issue causing your gums to bleed.

Underlying Medical Conditions

There are times when there is an underlying medical condition that could be the cause of bleeding gums. Some of these conditions include:

  • Type 1 Or Type 2 Diabetes
  • Leukemia
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Hemophilia
  • Insufficient Vitamin C

While these causes of bleeding gums may be more rare, they are still a possibility. Dr. Kitagawa will help you determine the cause of your bleeding gums and provide you with treatment options to suit your individual needs.

Healthy Habits For Healthy Gums

Everyone knows the saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” This applies to healthy gum habits as well. Habits for healthy gums include: brushing at least twice a day using proper techniques, flossing daily, tongue brushing, and using mouthwash.

Dental Checkups Keep Mouths Healthy

Having a thorough, professional dental cleaning is vital to maintaining proper gum health. At Gateway Dental Care, we use the best equipment and techniques to give your smile that extra sparkle.

Gateway Dental Care For Gum Health

At Gateway Dental Care in Pleasanton, we care about your gum health. If you’ve been struggling with bleeding gums, give us a call today for an appointment. We look forward to helping you get a happy, healthy smile again.

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