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4 Common Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed

Do your gums bleed easily? It might be because of something simple as brushing or flossing too hard, poorly fitted dentures, or even pregnancy.

Bleeding gums could also be sign of a more serious health condition.

Here are four reasons your gums bleed and how to reverse the damage.

1. Gingivitis

Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gingivitis. It’s a common and mild sort of gum disease, and it’s caused by a buildup of plaque at your gum line.

If you have gingivitis, your gums are possibility irritated, red, and swollen. They may bleed when you brush your teeth.

You can get rid of this problem by taking good care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash, and see your dentist regularly.

2: Periodontal Disease

If you don’t take care of your gingivitis, it can lead to periodontal disease, or periodontitis, a long-term gum condition that breaks down the tissue and bone that support your teeth.

If you have periodontitis, your gums may become inflamed and infected and pull away from the roots of your teeth. Your teeth may get loose or separate. You could also get bad breath, a bad taste in your mouth, a change in how your teeth fit together when you bite, and red, swollen, tender gums.

If you don’t treat periodontal disease, you can lose some of your teeth.

3. Diabetes

Bleeding or swollen gums can be a warning sign of form 1 or type 2 diabetes.

When you have this disease, your mouth isn’t as powerful at fighting germs, so you’re more likely to get infections like gum disease. High blood sugar levels that are part of diabetes make it harder for your body to heal, which can make gum disease worse.

4. Vitamin C Deficiency

This vitamin helps your tissue grow and repair. It mends wounds and strengthens your bones and teeth.

If your body doesn’t have enough vitamin C, you are able feel weak and irritable. Over time, you can also get swollen and hemorrhaging gums.


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