Is it normal for my gums to bleed?

Very often patients arrive in the office and report that their gums bleed easily. Although it is a common symptom, this is a sign of disease. By not doing a correct hygiene, there is a buildup of bacterial plaque on the teeth. When the plaque, which is composed of bacteria, is close to the gum, causes an inflammatory reaction, making the tissues fragile and susceptible to bleeding.

The biggest misconception of patients, however, is to find that bleeding gums should not be touched. The bleeding places are the ones in most need of hygiene – with floss and toothbrush. Within 2 or 3 days, when the hygiene is done correctly, the bleeding tends to decrease or cease.

It is important to note, however, that there are other more rare reasons that also results in gingival bleeding, such as:

  • Vitamin K Deficiency
  • Leukemia
  • Changes in hormone levels
  • Decompensated glucose levels
  • Fall of immunity
  • Blood clotting problems

Therefore, it is imperative to schedule a visit with your dentist for the correct guidance.

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