Are Bleeding Gums Normal? When to See A Dentist

gum disease treatment arlington heights ilYou may have experienced bleeding gums during routine brushing and flossing.  It is important for you to understand that bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that you may have developed gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums.

The key to the effective treatment of gum disease is an early diagnosis and intervention. Timely treatment can help reduce the risk of tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums which are the major complications associated with advanced stage gum disease.

Dr. Brent Engelberg of AH Smiles, a dental practice in Arlington Heights, IL, offers routine screenings and a full range of dental services to treat gum disease and related oral ailments.

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

There are several reasons that your gums may be bleeding. Below are some of the most common ones:

Gum Disease

Regular brushing and flossing are vital in order to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you don’t brush or floss your teeth daily, you can accumulate plaque, a clear, sticky substance that is created from food particles and saliva. Bacteria living in our mouth can cause inflammation and irritation in the gum tissue as they consume the plaque. This process eventually leads to the stage of gum disease known as gingivitis.

Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and is usually accompanied by bleeding gums. At this early stage in the illness, it is still reversible. Dr. Engelberg and his dedicated team can work with you to create a personalized treatment plan to reverse the effects of gingivitis.

The longer that bleeding gums are left untreated, the more likely the infection will grow worse so seeking treatment early is essential. As gum disease progresses, your gums may recede and bacteria may nestle in the gaps left behind, increasing your risk of bone and tooth loss.


Certain types of medication can increase your risk of bleeding gums as a side effect. For example, aspirin, birth control, and blood pressure medication can lead to bleeding gums.  It is important to notify your dentist about the medicines you are taking so he or she can determine if that is contributing to your bleeding gums.


Pregnancy causes hormone changes in your body. Research shows that pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gingivitis.

If you are pregnant and notice any changes in your oral health such as bleeding gums, please be sure to contact our team. Dr. Engelberg can work with you to help improve your dental health and discuss ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy while pregnant.

When Do I Need to See a Dentist for Bleeding Gums?

It is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental examination, screening, and professional dental cleaning. However, if there have been any changes in your dental health, you may want to schedule an appointment with our team sooner. Dr. Engelberg and his team at AH Smiles in Arlington Heights, IL are committed to helping you achieve healthier teeth and gums. He and is team will work together with you to help restore health and balance to your smile. To schedule an appointment, you can call (847) 230-9703 or request an appointment online.