I get gum bleeds when brushing my teeth, why?
If you have a gum bleed, it is most likely that you have either gingivitis. Gingivitis is a common untreated infection of the gums. It generally doesn’t cause pain and is therefore often ignored. Bad breath and red puffy bleeding gums are typical symtoms of gingivitis.
It is also possible that bleeding gums are an indication of a more serious gum disease. In either case, bleeding gums are symptoms of an infection in your mouth and this infection requires treatment.
Gingivitis is the accumulation of bacteria and bacterial products forming plaque at the base of your teeth. Once this plaque hardens into tartar a toothbrush and dental floss can no longer remove it. It can only be removed by a Dentist or Dental Professional. Left untreated the bacteria in the scale eats away at the jawbone. That is where the saying “getting long in the tooth comes from” as the gums and jawbone are receding showing more tooth.