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A 36-year-old member asked:

Is bleeding gums always a symptom of gingivitis?

4 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Mazin Kizy
Dentistry 22 years experience
No: If you are causing excessive trauma to your gums then they will bleed. If your gums are bleeding with normal brushing and flossing then you have gingivitis. Get checked by a dentist.
Dr. John Kong
Dentistry 18 years experience
No: Bleeding gums can be caused by excessive force from flossing or brushing. However, bleeding gums can also be a symptom of gingivitis (inflammation of gums) or periodontitis (inflammation of gums and bone).
Dr. John Francis
Periodontics 30 years experience
Usually: A few people self traumatize by flossing too vigorously, but most likely you have some inflammation in the gum. Please see your dentist.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
Gum bleeeding: It is either gingivitis or trauma. If you have bleeding gums, have a dentist check it.

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Are bleeding gums a symptom of gum disease?

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Dr. Dinh Bui
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Dentistry 23 years experience
YES: Bleeding is the first easily identifiable and beginning symptom gum disease. Bleeding gum is caused by neovascular genesis in the gum tissue and vasodilation of the blood vessel in order to mobilized inflammatory cells (neutrophil, lymphocyte, macrophage, etc...)to the area to combat bacteria and bacterial product. This start the destruction and is referred to as host reaction.

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