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At Bull City Dental, we know that taking good care of your pearly whites with daily brushing and flossing benefits not just your beautiful smile. Your gums, which cushion and support your teeth, are a good indicator of your general health which can let you know when something is not quite right.

Dental plaque is a bacterial film that produces waste which irritates the gum tissue leading to inflammation. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which can cause the gums to bleed. So, what are some of the reasons why your gums might be bleeding?

Vitamin deficiency: too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K.

Anemia: if you are anemic, you will have a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood caused by a lack of iron in your diet.

Brushing too hard: brushing too hard can irritate the gums, so try using a soft-bristled brush and brushing with gentle, circular motions instead of back and forth sawing.

Medication: blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen) and certain blood pressure medications can result in gum inflammation.

Smoking: the toxins from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in dry mouth.

Hormonal Changes: pregnancy and menstruation cause a hormonal spike which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, affecting gum tissue.

Infection: if you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones that support your teeth. This can also increase risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you are noticing any of these symptoms, or have questions regarding your oral health, please give our Bull City Dental team a call today at 919-680-3531 and let us help. Dr. Audrey Kemp and our team are here to help our patients in the Durham, North Carolina, area achieve a healthy, beautiful, smile!