Explanations for Bleeding Gums

Make an appointment to see your dentist if your gums bleed when you brush or floss.

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While brushing, have you ever noticed a bit of blood on your toothbrush and wondered about the cause? Everyone's gums bleed at some point in their lives for a variety of reasons, but the sight of a little red while you brush can still be unnerving.

Gums, or gingiva, are the pink tissue that cover your jawbone and hold your teeth in place. Healthy gums are firm, taut and surround each tooth. Of course, there are multiple reasons why your gums may start leaking red, and none of them are comfortable. To help make sure your gums are as healthy as possible, we're going to list five of the leading reasons why gums bleed and what you can do to remedy the situation.

First, we'll talk about the most common cause of bloody gums, but luckily, it's the easiest to fix!