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Bleeding Gum (Gum Disease)

Bleeding gums: + -

You might notice some bleeding when you brush or floss.

Bleeding, redness, and painful or sore gums can be a symptom of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) that arises due to a number of reasons:

  1. Buildup of plaque and tartar along the gum line due to inadequate oral hygiene
  2. Vigorous brushing, causing trauma and recession of the gums
  3. People on blood-thinner medications such as warfarin are more prone to swollen and bleeding gums
  4. Pregnancy and puberty: the hormonal changes during these times can also increase the sensitivity and vascularity of the gums
  5. People with a poor immune system caused by stress, HIV infection, diabetes

What happens if I do nothing about my bleeding gums? + -

Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease. If not addressed early on, it may progress to periodontal disease, which involves the inflammation of the gums, ligamentsand jaw bones. People who have periodontal disease usually present with loose teeth and bad breath.

When to See The Dentist About Bleeding Gums? + -

Sometimes, if you improve your brushing, your gums will bleed less without a visit to the dentist. But if your gums bleed regularly and you notice plaque and hard tartar build up on your teeth, it is best to book a time to see Dr Jack about your gums.

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