Bleeding gums indicate that you are either at risk for, or may already have gum disease. Continuing gum bleeding may be also be due to other serious medical ailments like leukemia.

How can I stop my bleeding gums?

bleeding gumsIf your gums are bleeding, contact your Absolute Dental dentist immediately and get a checkup. Follow the instructions from your Absolute Dental dentist in order to maintain healthy gums. If you are improperly brushing and flossing it may actually irritate or traumatize the gum tissue.

The Causes

Bleeding gums, when an oral condition is the root cause, is usually due to deposit of plaque on your teeth at the gum line. This will lead to gingivitis or gums that are inflamed.

If you do not remove plaque through regular brushing and flossing as well as regular dental checkups, it will harden on youth teeth. This hardened plaque is known as tartar. Tartar may be the reason for increased bleeding and even periodontitis, which is a more advanced form of gum and jawbone disease.

Some other causes of gum bleeding can also include:

  • Poor fitting of dentures
  • Use of medicines or drugs that act as blood thinners
  • Improper flossing
  • Infections
  • Scurvy
  • Vitamin K Deficiency
  • Changes in hormone levels during pregnancy
  • Leukemia


Visit your Absolute Dental dentist at least twice a year for a cleaning and plaque removal. Follow your Absolute Dental dentist’s advice to take care of your gums in between visits. Use only a soft brush to gently clean your teeth after every meal. Follow your Absolute Dental dentist’s recommendations with regard to other procedures such as rinsing you mouth with salt water or hydrogen peroxide and water. Avoid using store-bought mouthwashes, especially the ones containing alcohol as they will only worsen the problem. Floss your teeth at least once a day in order to prevent plaque build-up. If possible, decrease or even better completely stop snacking in between your meals. Call one of our conveniently located offices to Make A Dentist Appointment and see if you can prevent bleeding gums and stop further worsening of your oral condition.

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