Dr. Zachary Law, DDS
1337 Hardy Road | Vinton, VA 24179
Creating Healthy Smiles
& Happy Families

Why do my gums bleed when I brush?

Bleeding gums are a sign that you may not be brushing and flossing properly and may also indicate that you already have some degree of periodontal disease. Your teeth bleed when you brush because the gum tissue around your teeth is inflamed and swollen and brushing irritates it. Brushing and flossing are the best ways to get mild gum disease under control, however, so we'll discuss ways to make this important health routine easier and more comfortable for you.

As you go through your day, bacteria build up on your teeth and around the gums and allow plaque to develop. Plaque is a sticky substance that coats the surface of your teeth. When you brush and floss, you can remove a certain amount of plaque, but even the most diligent at-home oral hygiene is unlikely to remove it all.

When plaque is allowed to remain on your teeth, bacteria can spread beneath your gums. This causes an infection to develop. It is important to catch this infection early because it can do serious damage to your teeth and may even result in tooth loss.

It's important to schedule regular professional cleanings with a dental hygienist. If your teeth are bleeding when you brush, we recommend that you make an appointment for a professional dental cleaning as soon as possible to prevent gum disease from spreading.