2. You smoke
Smokers are at a higher risk of experiencing bleeding gums. “Smoking tends to cause an increase in periodontal disease for a variety of reasons,” says Dr. Doig. Inhaled smoke can leave irritating toxins on the teeth that can be difficult to remove through oral hygiene. These unhealthy substances can cause the gums to become aggravated and bleed. Smokers can also have a compromised immune response to infection, and issues with proper healing and oxygenation of the blood supply – all factors that can negatively influence your gums. Quit smoking and your gums will thank you.