Bleeding Gum

Bleeding gums can be a sign that you have or may develop gum disease. Ongoing gum bleeding may be due to plaque buildup on the teeth. It can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. While caring for your teeth is important, many people forget the value of caring for your gums as part of a complete oral hygiene routine. Gums are the foundation of a healthy mouth and if you’re not taking care of them, you’re at risk of developing oral health issues. If you notice any instances of bleeding gums, it can be a sign of a more serious oral health issue such as gum disease.

Bleeding Gum Causes

You may have bleeding gums if you:

  • Have gingivitis, a disease that causes inflammation of the gums
  • Brush too hard or your toothbrush isn’t soft enough
  • Just started a flossing routine and your gums aren’t used to it yet
  • Take certain medications, like blood thinners
  • Have inflamed gums because you’re pregnant (pregnancy gingivitis)
  • Have dentures that don’t fit well
  • Have faulty dental restorations
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