• 8 months ago

    Bleeding gums

    My gums bleed when I brush my teeth. This is fairly normal for me, as I have gingivitis. What concerns me is that lately, the blood that comes out is closer to a brown color than just regular red. This only started happening maybe a week ago. Should I be concerned about the odd coloration?


  • 7 months ago

    RE: Bleeding gums

    Great question! First of all, are you using a manual soft toothbrush or an electric one? Are you flossing daily? When was the last time you have seen a dentist? We brush two minutes, two times a day, floss (or use Waterpik) daily, and use an alcohol-free mouthwash twice daily after brushing to prevent bacterial plaque buildup. By keeping bacterial levels low, our gums are healthier and happier, therefore less bleeding. If you are having darker bleeding, this could mean several things: 1) overdue for a dental hygiene appt; 2) suffering from a medical issue like Diabetes. Diabetics are slow wound healers, and suffer from weaker gums; 3) if you are a woman and pregnant, you may be experiencing pregnancy gingivitis, quite common, especially for first time mommies. Any time we suffer from a cold/sinus infection, our mouths suffer as well since the immune system cannot keep the mouth healthy too. If this persists longer than a week I would make an appt with a dentist. Good luck!