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what can cause gum bleeding?

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Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Poor oral hygiene: Most commonly, the answer is inadequate oral hygiene. The plaque/bacteria accumulate on your teeth and under the gums and causes an infection called gingivitis, and in more advanced stages, periodontitis. This can lead to tooth loss if left untreated. Go see your dentist today.
Dr. Gregory Houghteling
Dentistry 43 years experience
Gum disease: Bleeding gums are almost always due to an infection. It rarely hurts until advanced stages when abscesses are frequent, however, this disease should not be taken lightly. The bacteria that cause this infection have been directly associated with an increase in heart disease. See a dentist and treat this aggressively and follow proper home care guidelines.
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Bleeding: If your gums bleed when brushing or flossing, that is the distinguishing factor for gingivitis. It may also be a sign that you have a more serious problem, that of periodontal or gum disease; and only your dentist can test for that by taking simple measurements around each tooth and appropriate x-rays.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

What could be a cause of gum bleeding and how could it be stopped?

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Dr. steven Present
Dentistry 43 years experience
Periodontal disease: Bleeding gums is usually a sign of either gingivitis or periodontitis. However, there are other medical conditions that can cause bleeding gums. There are certain blood disorders, nutritional deficiencies, pregnancy, menstruation, chemotherapy, etc. Your first step is to see your dentist to rule out periodontal disease as the possible cause.
A 46-year-old member asked:

Gum bleeding. Waiting for appt for about a week and a half now?

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Dr. Oswald Cameron-Morales
Dentistry 42 years experience
Possible Gingivitis : Bleeding gums is mostly caused by plaque or tar accumulation which can be removed by a professional dental cleaning (every 3 to 6 months) and prevented by improving home oral hygiene. Faulty restorations/ fillings/ crowns can irritate the gums. Diet also can play a role. Certain medications and during pregnancy (hormone changes in the body) can also result in bleeding and enlarged gums.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What causes gum bleeding?

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Dr. Keith Grimm
Dentistry 25 years experience
Inflammation: Bleeding gums is most often from improper hygiene. When plaque bacteria are not completely cleaned from your teeth, the byproducts of their "living" on your teeth causes an inflammation in your gums and with inflammation comes increased blood flow. There are some systemic diseases that can cause bleeding gums as well, but it's usually dental plaque. Check with your dentist for an evaluation.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What should I do about my gum bleeding?

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Dr. Randolph Todd
Endodontics 44 years experience
Brush & Floss: Bleeding gums are usually a symptom of periodontal disease. The metabolic byproducts of the bacteria that organize on the teeth forming plaque, chemically irritate the supporting structure of the teeth (periodontium). This inflammatory response causes swelling and capillary fragility. Brushing and flossing tear the fragile tissue resulting in bleeding. See your dentist -.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Great answer. I agree 100%
Dec 4, 2012
A 31-year-old member asked:

Is gum bleeding a side effect of taking fruta planta?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
Not likely: Very unlikely. You should see your dentist for help detemining the cause of the gum bleeding.

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