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Sometimes, children get bleeding gums. If this occurs frequently, talk to the dentist. Bleeding gums during brushing or flossing could indicate an initial stage of gum disease. The first step to successful treatment is a check-up and diagnosis.

What causes bleeding gums?

Build-up of plaque is one of the most common causes of bleeding gums. Inflamed gums will bleed when brushed. Mouth bacteria combine with plaque, which builds up from improper brushing and flossing. Make sure your child is not skipping their oral health practices and teach them proper techniques.

Injury to the gums – children get bumps and scrapes. Sometimes, a hit to the mouth can damage the surrounding root of the tooth or cut the gum tissue. To stop bleeding, apply gentle pressure with a damp cloth. If the injury is worrisome, see a dentist to ensure there is no further damage.

Wrong toothbrush – soft toothbrush bristles clean effectively when used correctly, and softer is gentler on the gums. Ensure your child is using a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid abrasions and bleeding.

Gingivitis – older children have a greater risk of gingivitis due to the hormone changes in puberty. Increased blood flow to the gums makes tissue more susceptible to swelling.

Other health issues – sometimes, another issue can cause bleeding gums. Dehydration or a vitamin C deficiency could be a cause, for example. Some medications may also cause inflamed gums. When in doubt, visit the dentist!

Our caring pediatric dental professionals at Capital City Pediatric Dentistry are dedicated to providing quality patient care. We specialize in pediatric dentistry and work with infants, toddlers, adolescents and teenagers. Contact our office today.