There are many things that can cause your gums to bleed. The early stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis, can cause your gums to bleed. If your gums are swollen, red, or if they bleed when you brush your teeth, make an appointment with your dentist to examine your teeth and gums.

Bleeding gums may occur if you’ve recently started flossing your teeth. Your gums may be sensitive to the flossing. After a week or two, the bleeding should stop. Or perhaps you brush your teeth too aggressively. Use a soft-bristled tooth brush and gently brush your teeth.

During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause gums to swell. Use a soft toothbrush to cause less irritation to your gums. After delivery, the swelling and bleeding should gradually decrease.

In any case, if you have persistent bleeding of your gums, schedule an appointment with your dentist to examine them.

This post is sponsored by Carmel dentist Dr. Julia Shalit.