Causes of Bleeding Gums Other Than Gum Disease

In general dentistry, it’s common for dentists to treat patients who assume that it’s normal for their gums to bleed when they floss or brush their teeth. In truth, bleeding gums are a common sign of gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. However, bleeding gums can have other causes, as well.

Bleeding disorders, blood thinners, and hormonal changes can lead to bleeding gums, as well as vitamin K deficiency, vitamin C deficiency, leukemia, and infection. Additionally, some cases of bleeding gums are a result of brushing too hard, flossing improperly, or wearing poorly fitting dentures. If your dentist rules out gingivitis and gum disease, then one of these causes may be behind your bleeding gums.

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