We know that it can be hard to floss regularly. There may even be days when you simply don’t have the time or energy to brush. We live busy lives, and it is because of those busy lives that many people simply do not care for their teeth the way that they should.

But without regular dental visits and great dental hygiene, your teeth and gums can suffer, and one of the first signs that this suffering may be occurring is the presence of blood in your teeth, particularly after brushing and flossing.

Why Do Gums Bleed?

When you are unable to care for your teeth, you may develop plaque. Bacteria and germs within the plaque then start to attack the gums, causing irritation and inflammation. Then, when brushing and flossing, these sensitive gums may begin to bleed. It is often, although not always, a painless condition, but you’ll notice the bleeding when you spit, look in the mirror, or check your toothbrush/floss.

Usually the bleeding stops right away.

When Are Bleeding Gums a Problem?

Bleeding gums themselves are not usually dangerous. But they are nearly always a sign of gum disease. At its early stages, called “gingivitis,” your gums are bleeding to warn you that you are not caring well enough for your teeth and may benefit from dental care. The more it progresses, the more it is an indicator of gum recession, tooth loss, and other more serious difficulties.

If you notice even a small amount of blood in between any of your teeth, immediate dental care is your best option. Call Esthetic Reflections today to learn more.