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Bleeding gums is an indication that you are having or are at a risk of developing gum disease. Bleeding gums can also be accompanied by other symptoms of poor oral health like halitosis or bad breath, receding gums and toothache. Bleeding from the gums is commonly a result of poor dental hygiene where the plaque is inadequately removed from the teeth and gum line. This can lead to inflammation of the gums known as gingivitis; a common symptom of gingivitis is swollen, red and bleeding gums. If gingivitis is ignored, the gradual accumulation of plaque will harden to form a tartar which can ultimately lead to increased bleeding and more advanced stage of gum disease called periodontitis.
If the gum bleeding is persistent then it can also be due to some serious medical disorders like leukemia, platelet disorders and other bleeding disorders. Bleeding gums can also be a symptom for canker sores, especially when they become irritated. Other common causes of bleeding gums include improper flossing, toothbrush abrasion, vitamin C deficiency (scurvy), vitamin K deficiency, hormonal changes during pregnancy, chemical irritants like aspirin, anticoagulants such as heparin and warfarin, placement of new dentures or braces and idiopathic thrombocytopenia.
Bleeding Gums Treatment
If gums continue to bleed even after treatment or if the bleeding is severe, constant or chronic with other unexplained symptoms then consult a specialist.
|Submitted on January 16, 2014|