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4 Causes of Bleeding Gums in Childhood

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If your child has ever suffered from bleeding gum tissue, there can be a number of causes. It’s important to take these complaints seriously, as bleeding gums can also be a common sign of gum disease.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

Below are a few of the most common causes of gum bleeding in childhood:

  1. Certain medications – Some medications can cause the gums to become sensitive or swollen, making them more vulnerable to irritation and bleeding. Be aware of the side effects of any new medication your child may be taking.
  2. New toothbrush – New toothbrushes that may have firmer bristles can cause irritation and bleeding in the gums. Make sure to purchase your children's toothbrushes with soft bristles. Replace toothbrushes every 3-4 months or once the bristles start to fray.
  3. Vigorous flossing – If your child has just learned how to floss his or her own teeth or if they begin to floss too roughly, irritation and bleeding in the gums can result. When a new flossing routine is implemented, the irritation and bleeding should subside within a week. If the bleeding lasts longer, there may be a larger issue.
  4. Gum disease – Lastly, bleeding in the gums is a sign of gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can cause more serious issues. Parents should be aware of the other signs of gum disease, including swollen gums, tenderness, redness, or prolonged bleeding. The best way to avoid gum disease is to practice good at-home oral hygiene and visit Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry every 6 months for a dental cleaning and a checkup. 

When to Bring Your Child In

If your child’s gums have been bleeding for more than a week or if the bleeding is accompanied by redness, swelling, or irritation, it’s important to call and make an appointment here at Little Rockies Pediatric Dentistry. We will be able to assess the situation and put together a treatment plan for your child.

For more information, please call our Parker, Colorado children’s dental office today. 

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