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It can be alarming to see blood on your toothbrush or in the bathroom sink, but you may not need to panic. Gums can bleed when they become irritated, often because of gingivitis, an early form of gum disease.

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is reversible, but it’s best to make an appointment to see us. Professionally cleaning your teeth will remove the bacteria in plaque causing the irritation and infection. Usually, gum disease develops because of poor oral hygiene, and we can give you lots of advice on how to look after your teeth and gums at home so gradually your gums will become stronger and healthier.

Pregnancy

During pregnancy, the increase in hormones can make your gums more sensitive to bacteria responsible for gum disease, causing pregnancy gingivitis. Consequently, your gums may bleed when you brush or floss. We may recommend more frequent dental cleanings during pregnancy, getting rid of plaque and bacteria and making it easier to maintain healthy gums.

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