Recognizing the Signs
If not removed by regular care, plaque builds up on your teeth, which produces toxins that can irritate your gums and lead to the symptoms of gingivitis. Look out for gums that bleed during brushing, as well as inflammation and tenderness. Bad breath, especially if you experience it regularly, can be another indicator. Teeth that appear elongated due to a receding gumline is another common sign of gingivitis and the later stages of gum disease. Talk to your dentist or dental hygienist about your gum health if you notice any of these signs.
According to the American Dental Association, there are other possible causes of bleeding gums, such as vigorous toothbrushing or a new flossing routine. Switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush may help. Bleeding due to a change in your flossing habits should clear up in about one week. You may notice gums that bleed if you are taking blood-thinning medications. Some women experience gingivitis symptoms during pregnancy, making great dental habits even more important for pregnant women.