If Your Gums Bleed When You Brush, Floss or Eat You May Have Gum Disease

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?
Sore and painful gums should not be ignored. If you have bleeding gums, set up an appointment for an oral evaluation with your doctor as soon as possible.

Here is a closer look at some common causes of bleeding gums:

  • Gum Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

You May Have Gum Disease

Gingivitis treatment is one of the most common procedures patients with bleeding gums in Loma Linda, CA seek with Dr. Roger Sohn. If you have bleeding gums, it could be gingivitis, which is early stage gum disease.

Top Reasons Why Gums Bleed:

  • Gingivitis or more advanced gum disease
  • Brushing and flossing infrequently or poorly
  • Health issues and medications
  • Hormones (women)

Gingivitis and Other Reasons Why Gums Bleed


Gingivitis is the first stage of bacterial disease and gum tissue is affected first. Bleeding gums is a common symptom and indicator of irritation and infection. If left untreated, it is likely to become worse. Progressive gum disease will damage gum tissue, attack the supporting bone, and may even result in tooth loss. Professional treatment is the only way to stop the progression.

Brushing and flossing poorly

Bleeding gums is an indication for many people that their oral hygiene program is lacking. Either they are not brushing and flossing enough or they are doing it improperly. Make sure you are brushing thoroughly with the right angle at least twice a day, flossing under the gum line daily, and scheduling routine professional dental cleanings with Dr. Sohn. Our hygienist can review the best techniques for brushing and flossing during your visit.

Health issues and medications

Health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and other medical problems can be associated with a higher risk of developing gingivitis and periodontitis. Medications used to treat these and other conditions can also increase the chance of bleeding gums, including those prescribed for birth control and even pain relievers purchased over the counter.


If you are pregnant or experiencing menopause, hormonal changes could be causing your gums to bleed. Hormones can increase gum tenderness and are also linked to a woman’s increased risk of developing gingivitis. Pregnant women with gum disease are more likely to give birth early or to underweight babies. Taking extra caution during these times is important.

Patients with bleeding gums in Loma Linda, CA trust Dr. Sohn for today’s leading treatments. Call today for your private consultation.

Dr. Sohn’s office is equipped with the latest in hi-tech dental equipment and our staff is trained to provide the best possible dental experience for you and your family. We take pride in the service we provide to our patients from Loma Linda. If you have any questions, concerns, or would like to schedule an appointment, please use the Contact Us form and send us a message today. We look forward to providing you with the personal oral care you deserve.

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