Now accepting Telehealth appointments. Schedule a virtual visit.
Skip to main content

The Causes Behind Your Bleeding Gums

When it comes to bleeding gums, there are many things that could be causing it. It is very important that you do not ignore this occurrence if it happens. It’s best to visit our office, pinpoint the problem, and finally treat it, working toward stronger and healthier gums. To help you get an idea of the many things that could be causing your bleeding gums, we would like to tell a little more about the following four popular causes of bleeding gums:

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and it develops when the plaque on your teeth are not removed for a long period of time. As the days go by, the plaque continues to grow, and it eventually irritates your gums, making them swell and bleed. This is a dangerous condition that needs to be treated as soon as possible. The best way to prevent this disease as well as treat it is by attending your dental cleaning appointments.

Flossing: Flossing can make your gums bleed, but that’s only if you are rough around the gum line or if you do not floss very often. If you refrain from flossing often, your gums will become tender and sensitive. Therefore, they will bleed each time you floss because your gums are not familiar with the technique. So, the best thing to do is floss your teeth every day.

Brushing: Brushing can also cause bleeding gums, but only if you’re brushing too hard with a new toothbrush. This will harm the gums and alter their condition. So, to help the situation, it’s best to brush your teeth in a softer way, especially along the gumline.

Using Tobacco Products: Tobacco products are very harmful to your gums, making them bleed very often. It can also cause canker sores in your mouth, which are painful and inconvenient. Those who use tobacco products are very likely to develop gum disease, which is a reason in and of itself to stop the habit. So, if you would like help on how to stop the use of tobacco products, please feel free to call our office.

There are many other things that could be causing your bleeding gums, like chemotherapy, hormones, and canker sores, and it’s best to come to our office so you know how to treat it. We care about you and your smile, and we want you to have the healthiest gums possible. We look forward to helping you!

Dr. Chu

You Might Also Enjoy...

Telehealth: The Advantages of Telemedicine

Struggles to get to the clinic? Trying to reduce your exposure to COVID-19, as well as other contagious illnesses, and still need to see your doctor? Telehealth is safe and easy — receive quality care from anywhere.

Composite Bonding

Does your smile have imperfections like chipped, stained, or worn down teeth? If you would like to enhance or restore the beauty of your smile, ask Dr. Wynatte Chu about composite bonding in New York, New York.

Composite Fillings

When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Wynatte Chu may recommend a dental filling in New York, New York. Our dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the area with the filling material.


Are your teeth crooked or crowded? Does your smile cause you embarrassment? If you would like a straighter smile, ask Dr. Wynatte Chu about Invisalign® in New York, New York.


Are your teeth worn down, chipped, or broken? For patients who wish to improve the color, shape, size, or length of their teeth, Dr. Wynatte Chu may recommend veneers in New York, New York.

Smile Makeovers

Do you have smile imperfections like stained, chipped, or worn down teeth? Do you wish for a smile that you can be proud of?
Our Locations

Choose your preferred location