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Causes of Bleeding Gums

Posted in Gum Disease

Bleeding in your mouth and gums can be alarming and disturbing.  There are many different causes of gum bleeding and some steps you can take to help prevent your gums from bleeding.

Most commonly, bleeding from the gums, as well as sore gums, is a result of gingivitis.  Gingivitis is an early form of periodontal disease, also called gum disease.  The good news is that gingivitis can be reversed when caught soon enough.  Gum disease can be prevented by brushing and flossing regularly.  If gum disease develops, see your dentist for periodontal disease treatment.  Other signs of gum disease include chronic bad breath, loose teeth, and a receding gum line.

If you are a smoker, and your gums are bleeding, you should consider stopping smoking and make an appointment to see your dentist. It is possible that you have an oral cancer causing your gums to bleed, and it is also now known that smoking increases the risk for developing gum disease.  In either case, smoking is not good for your mouth or health, and stopping smoking is the best thing you could do.

Other causes of bleeding gums can be very simple:  perhaps you are brushing too hard, or have just started flossing.  If this is the case, try changing to a softer bristled tooth brush, and being a bit more gentle during your brushing.  If you are new to flossing, give your gums a few days to ‘adjust’ before becoming too concerned about your gums bleeding.

If your gums are sore or bleeding, make an appointment to see your local dentist.  He or she can best advise you to the cause of your gum bleeding and soreness, and give you some recommendations and treatment for the issue.

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