What Should I Do If There’s Blood When I Brush My Teeth?

Man brushing his teeth

A step by step approach to find relief.

Regular brushing should be a part of your daily routine, something you do twice a day or more. However, it should be a simple, painless, and even mundane action. If something unusual occurs when you brush, you may have reason to worry. What should you do if you notice bleeding when you brush your teeth? While every case is slightly different, the following steps will help you deal with this particular problem:

  1. Determine if the bleeding is an ongoing problem or a one-time occurrence. Do you have a sore or an irritated spot in your mouth? This could be the explanation for bleeding when you brush your teeth.
  2. Check your mouth for cracked fillings, crowns, or caps that do not fit well. These common issues could cause your mouth to bleed. If this is the case, make an appointment with your dentist right away. The situation usually worsens with time.
  3. Think about what medications you may be taking. If you are taking any new medicines, such as blood thinners, these can cause you to bleed more freely. While there may not be a complete solution, it is worth mentioning to your dentist. You might also switch to a softer toothbrush.
  4. Check your equipment. Is your toothbrush in good condition? An old or damaged brush is more likely to cause bleeding than a newer, fresher brush.
  5. Are you regularly brushing and flossing? If you are inconsistent with your oral care, you are more likely to experience bleeding. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once.
  6. If none of these issues seem to explain your bleeding, it is worth mentioning to both your dentist and your general practitioner. Working together, your doctor and dentist can help you deal with this situation.

A little blood when you brush your teeth may not be a big deal. The only way to find out for sure is to visit a dentist and have a full examination. Call or contact us online to make an appointment with Dr. Jon Smith DDS today, and let our experts help determine the cause of your bleeding gums or teeth. We want to improve your oral health and help you feel your best about your teeth. We look forward to seeing you in our office soon!

What Steps Should I Take Now That My Child Has All Their Adult Teeth?

Father and Son Brushing Teeth

Good dental health during a child’s developing years can yield benefits for life.

It is important to take care of your kid’s teeth at every age. But, when your child’s permanent adult teeth come in, keeping them clean and healthy becomes an even higher priority.

Your Child’s Permanent Teeth

Children have 20 primary teeth (also known as baby teeth) that they start losing at around age six. By the time your child is about 12, he or she will most likely have lost his or her last primary molars, which are replaced by permanent adult teeth. Get your child off to a good start by ensuring that your child has regular dental care and good dental habits at home.

Encouraging Good Dental Hygiene Habits

The examples that you set for your child will last a lifetime. Good oral care starts at home with all of the following:

  • Remind your child to brush morning, night, and between meals.
  • Teach your child how to floss and make sure that he or she flosses daily. If he or she has trouble using regular floss, try using flossers instead.
  • Provide healthy snacks that are low in sugar. Carrots, celery sticks, apples, and cheese are all good tooth-healthy choices.
  • Remind your child not to engage in habits that can damage teeth, such as biting hard candies or chewing on ice.
  • Instead of sugary sodas, offer water or milk. In addition to excess sugar, sodas contain acids that can damage enamel.
  • Instead of sugar-sweetened gum, look for gum sweetened with xylitol. Xylitol can protect against cavities, while sugar promotes them.
  • Make sure your child is using the right toothbrush. Children’s brushes have softer bristles. These ensure that your child’s enamel is not damaged.

When to See the Dentist

Your child should continue to have two dental check-ups each year. At these appointments, your child will get regular cleanings and exams to ensure that problems like cavities or gum disease are not brewing. Your dentist or hygienist may recommend periodic x-rays to detect tooth decay. If you or your child finds a possible cavity in between check-ups, make an appointment to see the dentist as soon as possible. The earlier problems are detected, the easier it is to fully repair any damage.

Good habits start early. A diet low in fat and sugar, good daily dental hygiene, and regular check-ups can help your child develop a healthy mouth that will contribute to his wellness for a lifetime. Is your child due for a check-up? Make your appointment today.