Gums Bleeding? It’s a Problem.

By Carol Jahn, RDH, MS, Senior Professional Relations Manager
July 15, 2014

If you think a little bleeding now and then is normal, think again. Plain and simple, healthy gums don’t bleed.

Why You Experience Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums are an indication that your gum tissue is inflamed. Plaque that you may have missed during toothbrushing contains bacteria. Over time, it causes rednesss and inflammation.

Gum tissue between your teeth has a small concavity that traps plaque and bacteria. This area is difficult to clean with a toothbrush. And not cleaning between your teeth daily can build up plaque and bacteria, causing your gums to become inflamed and bleed.

Are Bleeding Gums Serious?

Bleeding gums are a sign that your body has an infection and consequent inflammation. If caught early, in the gingivitis stage, it is reversible through good oral hygiene done daily at home. Left untreated, it may progress to periodontal disease, where there is a loss of tissue supporting bone and potentially tooth loss.

Periodontal disease is also treatable, but it generally requires specific in-office treatment from your dentist and/or dental hygienist.

What Should I Do If My Gums Are Bleeding?

  • If you experience a fair to large amount of bleeding and your gums appear red and swollen, make an appointment with your dental office right away. They will evaluate your condition and guide you to the best treatment.
  • If the bleeding is light or occasional and your tissue is not red or swollen, the best thing is to ramp up your oral hygiene routine:
    • If you are using a manual toothbrush, consider switching to a power brush like the Sensonic® Professional Plus Toothbrush.
    • If you are not cleaning between your teeth by flossing, it’s time to start. Unless you are extremely dexterous, flossing with string is often challenging. A great alternative is the Waterpik® Water Flosser. It has been shown to be up to 2x as effective as dental floss at reducing bleeding and up to 29% more effective at reducing plaque.

How Can I Prevent Bleeding Gums?

The best way to prevent bleeding gums is to practice good oral hygiene each and every day, and brushing is not enough.

For the best of brushing and flossing in one product, the Waterpik® Complete Care features both the Waterpik® Water Flosser and Sensonic® Toothbrush. The Complete Care regimen is proven up to 70% better than a leading sonic power toothbrush and up to 159% better than a manual toothbrush at reducing bleeding gums.

Enjoy Better Oral Health

Healthy gums don't bleed. If you see pink when you brush your teeth, it's time to improve your oral health with better flossing and brushing. A few simple changes in your routine and the right tools can make all the difference!