Should I brush my teeth if it makes my gums bleed?

Gums that bleed after tooth brushing are a sign of early gum disease which is very common and it is important that this does not progress to more severe gum problems.

The recognised treatment is to visit your dentist or hygienist for advice and to have your teeth professionally cleaned and monitored. Your dentist may advise you to use a medicated mouthwash and will recommend methods for brushing and cleaning your teeth more effectively.

Your bleeding disorder may mean that your gums bleed a little more easily and for a little longer until the gums heal but it is important during this time to continue tooth brushing with a soft brush to remove the plaque and food debris which causes the gum disease.