Posted on: 26 July 2018Share
Unless you have decided to brush your teeth with sandpaper, you shouldn't be seeing blood when you brush your teeth. If you are spitting out blood when you rinse your mouth or your toothbrush looks a little pink, there is a problem, and one that you should take care of as soon as possible.
The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis. This is an inflammation of the gums. Generally, it's caused by bacteria that gets in and under the gums near the roots of your teeth. This is the same bacteria that causes plaque and cavities to start to develop on your teeth. Once the bacteria gets under your gums, it will create pockets under your gumline, which will collect more bacteria and debris, which will cause the problem to get worse, so on and so forth. However, you can avoid gingivitis or keep it from getting worse.
The best way to prevent gum disease or to keep it from getting worse is to floss your teeth at least once a day. That's because the floss gets down in between your teeth and around the gumline and will scrape out the food and bacteria that are trapped in between the teeth, making sure that there isn't a good place for bacteria to grow. You will probably want to floss before you brush because you will be able to brush away any detritus that gets left over when you are done flossing. It doesn't matter if you want to use dental floss, dental tape, or floss picks, as long as you are getting down in between your teeth, you are doing well. If you are going to use floss or tape, the best way to do it is to cut a length that is around 18 inches long. Wrap just a little bit around one index finger, leave a small amount of floss in between that finger and your other index finger, and then wrap some around that finger. You can then use your thumbs to help give you some pressure as you slide the floss or tape in between your teeth. As that section of floss gets dirty, you can wrap it around the first finger, and unwrap some clean floss from your other finger.
If you think you may have gingivitis, you should go see your dentist immediately to see if you need a gum surgery treatment. You want to make sure that you get it treated as soon as possible so you don't end up losing teeth.