As a dentist in Lancaster, we get a lot of patients who are worried about the appearance of blood whilst brushing their teeth.

First thing first; your teeth aren’t bleeding – your gums are.

There are lots of different reasons for why our gums bleed; some are more serious than others. However, if you are someone who regularly notices blood whilst brushing your teeth, it could be a cause for concern.

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Here are some of the potential reasons for bleeding gums – and how you can stop it from happening.


Gingivitis is referred to as being an early stage of gum disease. It happens when there is a build up of plague on the teeth and gum line – when it hasn’t been brushed or flossed away correctly. It’s often painless which leads to people not taking it seriously. The first signs will be the appearance of blood on your toothbrush or in the sink. Some people may also suffer from swollen gums.

Gingivitis can be reversed by good oral hygiene. You should brush and flush regularly, as well as attend all dental appointments.

Bad Habits

Your every day habits could be the reason behind seeing red when you brush your teeth. Eating processed food isn’t just bad for your weight – it also has a negative impact on your oral health. You should be choosing to eat a diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables, as well as lots of nutritional supplements.

Other habits that could cause your gums to bleed include smoking. Smokers are more at risk of getting gum disease, due to the toxins in cigarettes.


Poor Oral Hygiene

If you don’t take care of your teeth on a regular basis, it’s likely that you will see blood when brushing your teeth. This is due to tooth decay. Once a tooth starts to decay, you get a build up of tartar and plague on the surface of the teeth. This causes erosion – until the inner parts of the teeth are exposed. This is the point in which you may start to notice more blood when you brush your teeth – they are a lot more sensitive.

It’s important to visit a dentist if you suspect this is happening to you. You will need a filling – depending on the severity you may also need your tooth removed.

Hormonal Changes

Women go through a lot of hormonal changes throughout different stages of their life – including when they reach puberty, pregnancy and the postmenopausal stage. Hormonal changes also happen during a woman’s period or because of the contraceptive pills that she might be taking. These changes can lead to bleeding from the gums – it isn’t as serious in this case than others but still see a dentist.

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If you’re worried about the health of your teeth, you should definitely seek the advice of a dental professional.

As an experienced team of dentists, we will be more than happy to book you an appointment for a check-up. You can contact us on 01524 326639 and a member of our team will be happy to make you an appointment.

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