Bleeding Gums and Gum Disease

Bleeding gums is a common phenomenon, and it is typically not serious. People may notice some bleeding after brushing and flossing. If someone has sensitive gums, then bleeding becomes more common. Bleeding gums could be an indicator of gum disease but there are various reasons for bleeding gums, which include:

  • Plaque or tartar buildup
  • Failure to brush consistently twice a day
  • Brushing with an old, frayed, or stiff toothbrush
  • Flossing aggressively
  • Gingivitis

Stopping Bleeding Gums at Home

There are some at-home options to stop the gums from bleeding and potentially stop them from bleeding again.


Just like any other part of your body, when it starts to bleed you can put gauze on your gums. Gently hold the gauze on the area to halt the bleeding. If the bleeding continues and you have underlying medical conditions, speak to your dentist.


Much like gauze, ice is a normal response to bleeding. To soothe the bleeding, and swollen gums apply a small ice pack or an ice cube against the affected area.


Mouthwash is a good way to stop and potentially help prevent gums from bleeding in the future. The key ingredients when buying a mouthwash are chlorhexidine and hydrogen peroxide. These ingredients can help prevent and treat gingivitis, which leads to bleeding gums.

Using the Right Toothbrush

There are so many options when searching for a toothbrush, which can be overwhelming at times. If you have sensitive gums, susceptible to bleeding, then it is recommended you use toothbrushes labeled as “extra soft” or “sensitive”. Toothbrushes labeled “firm” or “medium” are too harsh on gums. It is important to brush your teeth at least twice a day and to replace the toothbrush every 3 to 4 months.

Gently Flossing Every Day

Starting to floss after a hiatus can cause bleeding originally. However, after a few days of consistent flossing, your gums will become used to the stimulation. Regular flossing will improve overall gum health and should reduce bleeding.

Call Us If You Need Relief From Bleeding Gums

As always, if you notice changes in your mouth, teeth, or gums you should check with your dentist. If the problem persists, even with the hygiene practices above, call our Boca Raton dental office today at 561-241-7272.

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