In Dental Hygiene, General Dentistry

Spotting blood when you brush is worrying. Even when you follow a perfect healthy teeth routine, you might still spot a drop of blood after brushing your teeth. Here are some common causes of bleeding gums:


Are you on blood thinning drugs? If you spot blood after brushing when under medication, it could be possible that you’re under blood thinning drugs. These drugs reduce the ability of blood to clot hence easy bleeding. Visit your dentist and let him know how to mitigate the effect of these drugs on your gums.

New toothbrush                    

New brooms might sweep clean, but a new brush might have too firm bristles for your gums and cause bruises that leads to bleeding. If this bleeding persists go for a brush with softer bristles.


When you fail to remove plaque from your teeth and at the gum line for a long time, they’ll cause an infection to your teeth; this infection is gingivitis—an early stage of gum disease.

If your gums are tender, swollen and bleeds during brushing, go for a dental check-up before it morphs into full-blown gum disease.


Do your gums bleed throughout your pregnancy? Hormonal changes that take place during pregnancy can also cause gum bleeding.

If the amount of blood is alarming, go for health check-up as it might cause preterm birth.

Kissing and sharing

Before you go around kissing everybody, know that gum disease is contagious. You can catch it not only by kissing but also by sharing spoons, cups and a toothbrush!

Of all the things to be shared for love; exclude toothbrush!

Well, bleeding gums does not mean that you are negligent of your dental health. Sometimes it just happens, but with proper dental care it will wane. If the bleeding persists, please contact Westmoreland Dental Group. They have the experience and the tools to improve your dental health.

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