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Is it Normal to Have Bleeding Gums?

Gum disease may be present if your gums bleed when you brush your teeth, which can result in foul breath, irritation, receding gums, and finally tooth loss.

Gum bleeding is an indicator that there is a problem that has to be addressed by a dental hygienist. At the same time, it is not a major issue for most people.

Most often, bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, a condition you may have heard of but may not fully understand. When the plaque that surrounds the teeth is not completely cleaned, gingivitis develops. The millions of bacteria in this plaque irritate the gums, causing swelling and bleeding. While a distinct ailment, halitosis, or bad breath, is also likely to be an unintended side effect of this plaque build-up.

Cause of Bleeding Gums

Plaque, a sticky coating of bacteria that constantly forms on, around, and in between your teeth, is usually the cause of bleeding gums. Plaque bacteria can irritate the gums and cause redness, bleeding, and irritation if they are not eliminated.

There are, however, a number of additional causes for bleeding gums. These include using a new toothbrush or flossing technique, brushing too hard or too often, and some medications.

Gingivitis vs Periodontitis

Your dental hygienist is capable of handling gingivitis. The teeth and the area under the gums will be cleaned thoroughly. The gums may no longer bleed, and the swelling will be lessened. There is no reason gingivitis will recur if dental care is kept up at the intervals advised by your hygienist.

Periodontitis (gum disease), which may develop as a result of chronic gingivitis that has gone untreated, may also be detected by bleeding gums. In essence, periodontitis is a more severe form of gingivitis that results in long-term harm: the bacteria destroy bone and gum tissue. If left untreated, this might result in teeth losing strength or becoming loosened.

It is important to get bleeding gums checked by a dentist or periodontist because of the possible harm that periodontitis can cause. Even if it is ‘only’ gingivitis and long-term damage is not yet a concern, treating bleeding gums, poor breath, and swollen gums is essential.

How to Minimise Gum Bleeding

The best course of action is to consult your dentist as soon as you can, regardless of what you believe may be the reason for your bleeding gums. The best technique to stop your gums from bleeding can be suggested after they examine your symptoms.

Additionally, there are a few easy actions you might want to take when it comes to treating bleeding gums – changes to your oral hygiene regimen that could help prevent the issue from getting worse. These actions should be taken on a daily basis as opposed to only when you spit blood, in order for them to be effective:

#1. Brush your teeth regularly and use specialised toothpaste that is effective at removing the primary cause of your bleeding gums.

#2. Make sure to focus on the gum line when using a manual or electric toothbrush with a tiny head and soft, rounded bristles.

#3. Remove plaque by flossing or using interdental brushes.

#4. Gum disease can be treated and prevented by using mouthwash. 

#5. Regular dental visits will help your dentist detect any gum issues before you notice any symptoms. If you do suffer gum bleeding, let your dentist know right away so they can help you manage it before it gets worse.


In order to prevent bleeding gums in the future, just like with gingivitis, regular oral care is important.

The issue won’t resolve itself.

It is recommended to have your gums examined, even if only to rule out more serious periodontitis, if you have bleeding gums.

Although we would want to say that you only need to have them checked and cleaned once, experience has taught us that this is not the case.

At the very least, you can take precautions to lessen the likelihood of a return; quitting smoking significantly enhances oral health.

We kindly remark that the topic is irrelevant as we began this discussion by asking if bleeding gums are usual. You should get your gums checked out and treated for bleeding, regardless of whether they are typical or at least common.

Devonshire Dental Care has nearly 30 years of experience and a commitment to putting the needs of our patients first. Please get in contact if you need a dentist or hygienist in Glasgow. No matter who you choose as your dentist, make sure to have those bleeding gums checked!