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Are my bleeding gums a sign of poor dental care or gingivitis?

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Dr. Harvey Shiffman
Cosmetic Dentistry 37 years experience
Poor oral hygiene: Bleeding gums are usually a sign or inadequate oral hygiene, brushing , flossing etc. Healthy gums dont bleed. Gingivitis is an early stage of "gum disease" and should be treated by your dentist before it gets worse and you could potentially have systemic issues , lose teeth, etc.
Dr. Behram Dalal
Dentistry 31 years experience
Yes: Poor oral hygiene directly contributes to gingival bleeding, gum and supporting bone problems and associated dental problems. Best to see a dentist for a comprehensive exam and cleaning and instructions on good oral hygiene techniques to prevent future problems.
Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 38 years experience
Both: Bleeding gums are both a sign of poor home dental care and gingivitis or even worse periodontal disease. Poor dental care leads to decay and gum disease. You should seek dental professional help to assist you in regaining dental health before too much destruction has occurred.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Cosmetic Dentistry 25 years experience
Most definitely: Yes. Inflamed gums bleed. Gingivitis is gum inflammation. Today non-surgical methods exist as we'll as laser assisted gum disease treatment. We use both in my office in smithtown, long island.

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