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Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

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By    |   Friday, 13 November 2020 10:15 AM

According to the American Academy of Periodontology, approximately three out of four Americans suffer from some sort of gum disease that can lead to bleeding gums. However, only 3% seek treatment, perhaps unaware that gum disease has been associated with several other diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain forms of cancer.

“Patients do not always seek the periodontal care they require because they are not aware of the long-term and potentially dangerous implications of untreated gum disease,” said Dr. Samuel Low, D.D.S., professor emeritus at the College of Dentistry at the University of Florida.

The AAP says that red, swollen, and bleeding gums are an important sign of periodontal disease and should be treated early before more damage to your mouth occurs such as tooth loss or the progression of other diseases.

According to Medical Daily, here are some other causes of bleeding gums to look out for:

  • Gingivitis. If your gums are bleeding it means they are inflamed, which is a sign of gingivitis, a common and mild form of gum disease. This is usually caused by plaque buildup along the gumline that bleeds when you brush your teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can progress to periodontitis that can damage the tissues and bones supporting your teeth and lead to tooth loss.
  • Brushing too hard. Sometimes your gums can bleed if you use a hard-bristled brush and brush too hard, says Medical Daily. Switch to a medium or soft-bristled brush.
  • Flossing. If you are not consistent with your flossing, it could also result in bleeding gums. This is usually a temporary condition and should resolve itself within a week.
  • Vitamin deficiencies. If you are deficient in certain vitamins such as vitamin C and vitamin K, your gums may bleed easily. Ask your doctor to check your levels and try to consume more citrus fruits and juices, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, and bell peppers to increase your intake of vitamin C. Vitamin K is found in greens like watercress, kale, spinach, and Swiss chard.
  • Medications. Prescription drugs, including blood-thinning medications can decrease the ability for your blood to clot, which could lead to bleeding gums, according to the American Dental Association.
  • Dentures. If your dentures do not fit properly, you may experience bleeding gums. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist as they may need to make new impressions, according to Healthline.

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