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In order to properly care for your smile each day, you need to brush and floss your teeth after every meal. However, what happens if brushing your teeth is painful? What do you do if you notice bleeding when you brush, and experience sensitivity of the gums? If you suspect problems with your oral health, it is always a great idea to call your dentist to schedule an evaluation and get a proper diagnosis of your condition.

Why are my gums bleeding when I brush and/or floss?

Bleeding that occurs when caring for the smile is a sign that there is a problem occurring. That problem may vary depending on what is causing the condition. Dr. Darren Gonzalez and his team in Santa Rosa, California encourage patients to seek an appointment if issues arise. Below are a few of the more common reasons why patients might experience bleeding when brushing their teeth:

  • Wrong toothbrush – patients should always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush their teeth, as hard bristles can cause irritation and swelling.
  • Brushing too hard – it is vital that patients do not brush their teeth too vigorously as this can cause gum soreness and bleeding.
  • Canker sores – canker sores can be extremely problematic—and painful. Brushing these sores can make them tender and may also result in bleeding when brushed, so take great care in brushing gently around them until they resolve on their own.
  • Hormonal changes – hormonal changes in women, including pregnancy, menopause, and menstruation, can cause the teeth to become swollen and red as more blood flows to the gums during these fluctuations.
  • Chemotherapy – patients undergoing chemotherapy may experience swelling of the gums, and may also be at a higher risk of developing sores and ulcers.
  • Gum disease – periodontal disease is an inflammation and infection that starts in the gum tissues and can spread, resulting not only in bleeding gum, but loss of gum tissue, bone, and natural teeth.

Call Dr. Darren Gonzalez today

If you are dealing with bleeding when brushing or flossing your teeth, it may be time to speak to a professional to get a definitive diagnosis and discuss treatment options. We are conveniently located at 1515 Montgomery Drive and can be reached by phone at (707) 542-1532 for an apportionment.