Do you notice blood when you brush your teeth or soreness in your gums? Here’s what you need to know if you are experiencing these very common symptoms.
Why Are My Gums Sore & Bleeding?
Your brushing habits could be to blame for this problem. Gums are a vital part of your dental health, as well as your overall well-being. Ignoring them can lead to serious problems like gum disease. Along with brushing twice a day, you should be flossing daily, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks, avoiding tobacco, and making regular check-ups with your dentist.
Change Your Brushing Technique:
One of the leading causes of sore gums is the way you brush. You may think aggressively brushing your teeth helps remove the plaque. In reality, it does more harm than it does good. Being too aggressive can make your gums tender and cause bleeding. Next time you brush, make sure you are gentle with your teeth. Use circular motions with a soft bristled toothbrush to ensure your gums are protected.
Change Your Flossing Technique:
Be gentle with your gums, especially if they are tender. Take your time and make sure you ease the floss in and out of the gaps between your teeth. Even if your gums are sore, it’s important to continue to floss every day to make sure no plaque is left behind after brushing.
It could be as simple as poor brushing and flossing techniques, but it could also be gum disease. It’s very common with adults over the age of 35. Three-quarters of American adults suffer from gum disease. Typically, these adults are suffering from the less serious gingivitis, but around 10% have serious gum problems.
If nothing is working, or if you are concerned about gum disease, scheduling an appointment with a dentist might be the best course of action. Pine Tree Dental offers high-quality dental care and knows what to do about your gums when you don’t. You can call 207-781-4216 to schedule your next dental appointment.