The mouth can become very sensitive, especially if good dental hygiene practices are not being followed. If you find that your gums are bleeding after normal cleaning or flossing, there is definitely a problem. Do not ignore this symptom, because it’s not normal. In fact, it’s a sign that you may have developed, or are on your way to developing gum disease.

Sometimes the cause for bleeding can be from something that is much less harmful than disease. The aggressive and rough habits that you may have can cause you to bleed from the gums. Monitor how you are brushing and flossing your teeth first, because bleeding can easily be the result of improper practices. However, if you do not have a habit of brushing and flossing, that can be the problem right there.

The root cause of gum disease is a life of poor dental hygiene, where plaque and tartar have been allowed to build up. After poor brushing and flossing habits have become commonplace, the gums will become swollen and sensitive. At that point, any normal brushing or flossing will cause the inflamed gums to bleed. This condition is commonly known as gingivitis.

When food accumulates, bacteria can build up in between the spaces of your gums. When you do not remove all the food by flossing or brushing, it will break down the dental structure and gums. Without flossing, the food will sit there and grow bacteria. This is a major source of unhealthy and bleeding gums. Bacteria compromises gums, contributing to other unhealthy symptoms as well as bleeding.

Gum disease is serious, but it can be helped and prevented if you catch it early enough and improve your dental hygiene habits. There are other reasons to be concerned by bleeding gums because it can be a sign of more serious diseases like leukemia or scurvy. These are not common, but are still reasons to immediately consult your dentist if you develop bleeding gums.