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When you’re taking care of your mouth, do you ever notice that your gums start to bleed? Despite what you may have heard, bleeding gums aren’t normal. While your gums might bleed for a number of reasons, there may be several things you can do to avoid the issue.

Your gums might be bleeding because of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that can lead to problems such as bad breath, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, you can typically avoid this issue if you brush and floss well. However, if your gum disease isn’t addressed, it could become worse.

Bleeding gums could actually be used when you floss. You see, if you brush too hard, try to reach areas that you shouldn’t clean with a brush, or use a stiff-bristled brush, you could accidentally damage your gums. However, your gums could also bleed while you floss if you haven’t flossed consistently recently. This type of bleeding should stop after about a week.

Certain medications can also cause your gums to bleed, so please remember to tell our team about any medications you may be taking when you visit us. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates a call at 913-553-3046. Dr. Carole Gleich DDS and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.