Time and time again I hear people say my gums are bleeding because I brushed them before I came to see you or I flossed to hard. Although, that can be the case and in those instances you have toothbrush trauma. The honest truth is when your gums are at optimal health your gum tissue will not bleed when you brush and floss. Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums. It is very common and the first stage of gum disease. The cause is from plaque accumulation at the gumline or in between the teeth. You can prevent and eliminate the problem by taking care of your teeth. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and seeing your Hygienist regularly are important in helping maintain optimal gum health.