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Bleeding Gums

Causes, Concerns, and Care

Understanding the Causes of Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums can be a sign of underlying oral health issues that should not be ignored. At Care For Smiles, we are committed to addressing and resolving the root causes of bleeding gums to help you achieve optimal oral health.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums:

gum diseases

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis)

Inflammation of the gums due to the presence of bacteria can lead to bleeding during brushing or flossing.

Poor Oral Hygiene

Poor Oral Hygiene

Inadequate brushing and flossing allow plaque to accumulate, leading to gingivitis and potential bleeding.

Hard Toothbrush

Hard Toothbrush or Aggressive Brushing

Using a hard-bristled toothbrush or applying excessive force while brushing can irritate the gums and cause bleeding.



Certain medications, such as blood thinners, may contribute to increased gum bleeding.

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal Changes

Hormonal fluctuations, such as those during pregnancy or menstruation, can make gums more susceptible to bleeding.

Systemic Health Issues

Systemic Health Issues

Conditions like diabetes or blood disorders may manifest with bleeding gums.

Bleeding Gums

Our Approach to Treating Bleeding Gums

    1. Thorough Examination: Dr. Rishay Naidoo will conduct a comprehensive examination to determine the extent of gum inflammation and identify potential causes.

    2. Personalised Treatment Plan: Based on the examination findings, a personalised treatment plan will be developed to address the specific causes of your bleeding gums.

    3. Professional Cleanings: Regular professional cleanings are crucial to remove plaque and tartar, promoting gum health and reducing bleeding.

    4. Home Care Education: We will provide guidance on proper oral hygiene practices, including the selection of a soft toothbrush and the correct technique for brushing and flossing.

    5. Treatment for Gum Disease: If gum disease is present, appropriate treatments such as scaling and root planning may be recommended to address inflammation and prevent progression.

    6. Monitoring and Follow-Up: Ongoing monitoring and follow-up appointments will ensure that your gums are responding positively to the treatment provided.

Tips for Maintaining Healthy Gums

    1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day using a soft-bristled toothbrush.
    2. Floss daily to remove plaque between teeth and along the gumline.
    3. Use an antiseptic mouthwash to help reduce plaque and bacteria.
    4. Schedule regular dental check-ups and cleanings.
    5. Inform your dentist about any medications you are taking.

Schedule Your Appointment

If you’re experiencing bleeding gums, it’s essential to address the issue promptly. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Rishay Naidoo at Care For Smiles to identify the cause and implement an effective treatment plan.

Contact us at (03) 9482 1100 or visit our clinic at 254 Darebin Road, Fairfield, Victoria 3078, Australia.

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