What Are Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums are most often a sign of gum disease, but can also point to a number of other health problems.
Occasional bleeding of the gums can be the result of brushing your teeth too vigorously or wearing dentures that do not fit correctly. Frequent episodes of gum bleeding, however, can indicate more serious conditions, such as:
- Periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease)
- Leukemia (cancer of the blood)
- Vitamin deficiency
Dental Conditions That Can Cause Bleeding Gums:
Dental care issues are the primary cause of bleeding gums. Gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) and periodontitis make your gums sensitive and more prone to bleeding. Most people develop gingivitis when plaque remains too long on the gum line.
Plaque refers to the debris and bacteria that sticks to your teeth. Brushing your teeth removes plaque and can prevent you from developing dental caries, also called cavities. Plaque may stay on your gum line, however, if you do not brush and floss properly. The accumulation of plaque near your gums can cause gingivitis.
Symptoms of gingivitis include:
- Puffy gums
- Soreness in the mouth and around the gums
- Bleeding gums.