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Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

What Does It Mean If My Gums Are Bleeding From Brushing or Flossing?

If you notice your gums bleeding during flossing or brushing, it is imperative that you visit a trusted dental professional. Bleeding gums are typically a symptom of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can impact the health and stability of the teeth, gums, and surrounding bone structure.

What Are Some Signs That I May Have Gum Disease?

The signs and symptoms of gum disease may vary from patient to patient. Understanding the signs of gum disease can help patients recognize dysfunction in their oral health.

  • Red, swollen gums
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Bleeding gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Pockets between the gums and teeth
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Shifting teeth

What Are The Stages Of Gum Disease?

Gingivitis (gum inflammation) usually precedes periodontitis (gum disease). However, it is important to know that not all gingivitis progresses to periodontitis.

In the early stage of gingivitis, bacteria in plaque build up, causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed during tooth brushing. Although the gums may be irritated, the teeth are still firmly planted in their sockets. No irreversible bone or other tissue damage has occurred at this stage.

What Can Cause Gum Disease?

Plaque is the primary cause of gum disease. However, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These can include:

  • Bad habits such as smoking make it harder for gum tissue to repair itself.
  • Poor oral hygiene habits such as not brushing and flossing on a daily basis, make it easier for gingivitis to develop.
  • The family history of dental disease can be a contributing factor for the development of gingivitis.

Periodontal Therapy In Arlington, VA

The treatment you receive will depend on the stage of gum disease and the severity of damage to the surrounding teeth, gum tissue, and bone structure. We will perform a full evaluation to determine the best solution to restore health and function to your smile. Westover Dentistry offers a full range of periodontal therapy service to address various stage of gum disease.

  • Antibacterial Rinse
  • Scaling & Root Planing
  • Oral Surgery
  • Restorative Treatment


If your gums are bleeding, you can visit our team at Westover Dentistry. To schedule an appointment, call (703) 495-2247 or request an appointment online.