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If you brush your teeth and occasionally see blood in the sink, you’re not alone. This happens to a lot of people, and they’re all asking the same question: are bleeding gums really such a big deal?

Well, that depends on a lot of factors. Usually, though, bleeding gums should tell you that you need to visit Dr. Thomas Jackson as soon as possible to ensure there’s not a malignant underlying cause.

What causes bleeding gums?

Many things can cause bleeding gums, and not all of them are bad. Some medications – such as blood thinners – can be the cause. You may also notice bleeding gums if you change your flossing habit, but that should clear up in about a week. Additionally, if you get a new toothbrush with stiffer bristles, you’re likely to experience some bleeding from your gums until the bristles become soft.

What should concern me?

If none of the above causes of bleeding gums are pertinent to you, then it’s likely you have gingivitis – a mild, but serious, form of gum disease. Consequently, if you switch to a new brush or flossing routine and still see bleeding gums for more than two weeks, you should come into our office at Jackson Dental as soon as possible.

Bleeding gums aren’t always a sign of something bad going on in your mouth, but they’re something you definitely need to keep an eye on. If you’re not sure if your bleeding gums are serious, call us today at 810-667-3535 to schedule an appointment.