Should Your Gums Bleed When You Brush?

The simple answer to this question is no.

If your gums bleed when you brush your teeth then it is highly likely that you may have the early signs of gum disease. This is a completely treatable condition which is simply tackled by improving oral healthcare.

The signs of gum disease include, but are not limited to:

  1. puffy gums
  2. bleeding gums
  3. swollen gums
  4. Red or inflamed gums
  5. sore or tender gums

If you have any of the symptoms above then it is strongly suggested that you find a local dentist. If you’re unsure of how to do this we recommend that you speak to your friends and family or use the information and tips in our previous blog post about finding dentists.

why should gum disease be treated?

Apart from removing any of the pain associated with this condition it is important that gum disease is treated at an early stage and not allowed to progress. If gum disease progresses it can turn into a far more serious condition called periodontitis.

Periodontitis is the information of the area surrounding the root of your tooth where it connects into the bone of your jaw. If this becomes infected then it can lead to the resorbtion of bone holding in your tooth.

In the short term you would probably not notice this as the gum over your bone would cover any bone loss. However in the medium-term you may begin to see black triangles between your teeth where the gum has started to move away as it follows the resorbtion of the gum.

In the long-term however, periodontitis can result in loose teeth which can lead to tooth loss.

What are the problems associated with tooth loss?

Loosing teeth may not seem like too much of a problem, especially if they are back teeth. However there are more clinical reasons why missing teeth can be an issue, including:

  • the adjacent teeth either side collapsing into the space where the missing tooth has come from
  • opposing teeth on the opposite jaw drifting down into this space
  • bone being lost where the missing tooth has come from

In the long run this means that you could end up spending more on your dentistry (dental implants can run into thousands), something which most people don’t really want to do!

If the teeth drift and the bone resorbs then it becomes clinically more difficult to treat the missing teeth and you could be left with bite problems, chewing problems, aesthetic problems and even headaches.


If you have any signs of gum disease then we strongly recommend that you visit your dentist as soon as possible, let us know how you get on…