Bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums may indicate that you are either at risk for, or may already have gum disease. Continuing gum bleeding may be due to other serious medical condition or sever periodontitis or pyorrhea.

What can I do to stop my bleeding gums?

If your gums are bleeding, contact your dentist immediately and get a checkup done. Your dentist can tell you you the exact cause of bleeding gums whether it is because of improperly brushing and flossing that may actually irritate or traumatize the gum tissue or is because of bacterial infection like gingivitis or periodontitis, or any systemic disease or vitamin deficiency.

The Causes

One of the most common cause of bleeding gums is usually due to deposit of plaque on your teeth at the gum line. This will lead to gingival inflammation and resulting into Gingivitis.

If you are not able to remove plaque through regular brushing and flossing and through regular dental checkups and professional cleaning, it will harden over youth teeth. This hardened plaque is known as tartar. Tartar is the most reason for increased bleeding and leads to periodontitis. Periodontitis is a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease.

Some other causes of gum bleeding can also include:

  • Use of medicines or drugs that act as blood thinners
  • Improper flossing or brushing
  • Infections
  • Scurvy
  • Vitamin K Deficiency
  • Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy
  • Leukemia

Prevention :

Visit your dentist at least twice a year for regular checkup. After a through checkup he/she may advice you for a cleaning and plaque removal. Ask your dentist’s advice to take care of your gums in between visits. Use only a soft brush to gently clean your teeth after every meal.  Avoid using store-bought mouthwashes, especially the ones containing alcohol as they will only worsen the problem. Floss your teeth at least twice a day in order to prevent plaque build-up.

If possible, decrease or even better completely stop snacking in between your meals.

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