Bleeding Gums

Why does gum disease makes your gums bleed?

Have you noticed that your gums are bright red, tender or swollen? While the issue could stem from multiple sources, the main cause is likely gum disease.

Why gum disease makes your gums bleed

Gum disease begins when there’s a buildup of plaque below the gum line. It causes irritation and eventually hardens (calcifies) into calculus (tartar).

Calculus further irritates your gums, causing severe inflammation and swelling. This is the manifestation of gum disease. With gum disease, when you start brushing or flossing, your gums will bleed immediately due to the inflammation present in the gums.

If you notice a lot of bleeding or a little, please call us.