Have you ever noticed that your child’s gums bleed easily? Although not always the case, excessively bleeding gums may be a sign of gingivitis. The first important step after noticing gum bleeding is to contact your dentist. If there is a serious problem, the quickest way to recovery is starting with a proper diagnosis from a dental professional.
There are a number of things that could be causing your child’s gums to bleed. Here we have listed a few options that may be contributors:
Inconsistent or Vigorous Brushing/Flossing
Does your child floss every day? Sometimes when there is a long break in-between flossing periods or there has been no previous flossing, starting to floss again can initially cause gums to bleed at first as they get used to cleaning between teeth. According to the American Dental Association, this is fairly normal, but should go away on its own in about a week. Additionally, make sure your child isn’t brushing or flossing their teeth with too much pressure which can cause bleeding and damage sensitive gums.
Often times a new toothbrush with tougher bristles will cause gums to bleed. It is important to purchase soft-bristled toothbrushes and brush gently. Softer bristles clean as well as firm bristles, and are much easier on gums and teeth.
Some medications can cause gum inflammation and sensitivity. If your child has recently been prescribed new medications, this may be the cause of their bleeding gums. It is important to stick to the prescribed medication routine, but be sure to have your child be consistent and gentle while brushing and flossing.
Gingivitis is the initial stage of gum disease. If in addition to bleeding gums for a prolonged amount of time, your child’s gums have redness, tenderness, or if they have bad breath or a receding gumline, it may be a more advanced stage of gum disease. If you notice these symptoms, schedule an appointment with Bear Creek Pediatric Dentistry in Medford, Oregon as soon as possible so we can help you and your child on the road to recovery.