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Occasionally, you may see some blood in the sink after brushing or flossing your teeth. If this happens, it’s not necessarily time to sound the alarm, but it is something serious that you need to keep an eye.

The reason is because bleeding gums are often a sign of a more serious underlying condition. To help you know when you should and shouldn’t be concerned about bleeding gums, we put this list of tips together to help explain them and let you know when you need to come visit our team here at MedPlex Dental in Orlando, Florida.

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 MedPlex Dental as soon as possible.

If you have any of the above symptoms, then you need to call us at 407-351-2245 immediately for help.