Is Gingivitis the Reason for Your Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums

Your cosmetic dentist in Century City can help you identify potential problems in your oral health during regular cleanings. One warning sign is bleeding gums. When you see blood after brushing, flossing or routine scaling by your dentist, you may have gingivitis, which can lead to serious gum disease and tooth loss.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

People see a cosmetic dentist for a number of reasons. From mismatched bite lines to stained and/or crooked teeth, there are many things that affect the quality of your smile. Inflamed gums are one problem that often gets overlooked.

Swollen and red gums that tend to bleed after brushing could be caused by one of the following:

• Hard brushing. When you brush your teeth too hard, or with a hard-bristled toothbrush, it damages the sensitive tissues of your gums. Try brushing with circular motions that focus on the teeth alone or try an electric toothbrush to put less stress on gums.

• Gingivitis. The bacteria from dental plaque can accumulate on teeth and affect the gums, which causes gums to become swollen and bleed when brushing or flossing. This is a sign of gingivitis. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, the more advanced stage of gum disease that causes tooth loss.

• Periodontitis. If your dentist discovers that you have periodontitis, the situation is very urgent. The bacteria that cause gingivitis can eventually wear away the bone in teeth and force them to fall out.

Avoiding Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease

While gum disease is sometimes hereditary or caused by other life changes (including illness or menopause), most gum disease can be prevented when you practice good oral hygiene. Plaque buildup is the chief trigger for gingivitis and periodontitis.

With regular visits to your cosmetic dentist in Century City, you will learn what you are doing right and wrong with your dental hygiene practices. Meanwhile, we can diagnose and treat the early stages of gum disease so you can avoid a serious situation such as periodontitis.

With the slightest indication of inflamed gums or bleeding you must act immediately. Dr. Elliot Nayssan and his team at Century City Dental Group will help you get the situation under control and get you back in great oral health in no time. For further information or to schedule an appointment please contact us at (310) 557-1704 or visit

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