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At Basking Ridge Dental Group, we know that taking good care of your oral health by brushing and flossing daily benefits not just your pearly whites, but your gums as well. 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 that irritates gum tissue leading to inflammation. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease, which can cause the gums to bleed. But there are a variety of factors which might cause your gums to bleed:

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

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.

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 your gums are bleeding, or you have questions regarding your oral health, please give our Basking Ridge Dental Group team a call today at 908-509-4428 and let us help. Dr. Mary Rostami and Dr. Azita Emami and our team are always here to help our patients in the Durham, North Carolina, area achieve a healthy, beautiful, smile!