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Why Gums Bleed

why gums bleedThe main cause of bleeding gums is a buildup of plaque along the gum line, which can lead to a form of gum disease called gingivitis. Plaque can quickly accumulate and lead to more excessive gum bleeding and an even more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis. If your gums are bleeding excessively, ask your dentist about getting the necessary periodontal treatments to aid your oral health. Some of the reasons why you may be experiencing bleeding gums are:

• Overly excessive brushing
• Hormonal changes during pregnancy
• Ill-fitting dental appliances
• Improper flossing
• Leukemia
• Scurvy
• Using blood thinners
• Vitamin K deficiency

You should be visiting a dentist once every six months, but if your gums regularly bleed, you may need a dental exam even more often to keep in under control. There are some steps you can take to reduce the amount of bleeding on your own time. You should gently brush your teeth twice a day or after every meal. You can also use a mouthwash, but make sure it does not contain any alcohol. You should also floss your teeth twice a day to remove bacteria caught between the teeth and gums.

If you use tobacco products, our dentist will suggest quitting since this can aggravate the gums. If the bleeding is the result of a vitamin deficiency, you should take vitamin supplements. If the irritation is the result of a medication you are currently taking, ask your doctor to prescribe a different drug. Every patient is different, so talk to your dentist about the best option for you.

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