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Most Common Causes Of Gum Bleeding

Most Common Causes Of Gum Bleeding

Do you regularly experience gum bleeding? Is it a normal thing to happen? Of course not. Gum bleeding can be a sign of a more severe oral problem. Let us tackle the most common causes of why your gum bleeds.


One of the most common causes of gum bleeding is the disease called “Gingivitis” or the inflammation of the gums. If you notice redness, swelling, and bleeding gums, you’re likely on the first stage of gum disease or the buildup of plaque over time. Consult a dentist as soon as you experience symptoms of Gingivitis.


Yes! You read it right. Pregnancy can cause gum bleeding. According to the American Pregnancy Association, during pregnancy, hormonal changes occur, which have a significant impact on fighting bacteria that cause gum disease. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent symptoms from worsening.


Diabetes is one of the leading lifestyle diseases nowadays, and if you’re experiencing swollen or bleeding gums, chances that you have diabetes type 1 or 2 is high. Too much glucose in the blood can slow down the process of healing and increases signs of infection, which can lead to gum problems.

Incorrect Brushing and Flossing Technique

Brushing and flossing too hard, or suddenly using a firm toothbrush and using new flossing techniques can cause bleeding gums. Usually, gum bleeding due to these causes will eventually clear off within a week. Make sure to follow correct brushing and flossing care. Also, use the most appropriate oral essentials for your teeth and gums.

Certain Medications

Anti-depressants, immunosuppressants, and anticonvulsants can cause swollen gums and dry mouth that leads to bleeding gums. Use of blood thinners also increases the risk of gum bleed. Talk to your doctor about how to prevent and reduce the side effects of those medications.


Smoking is the primary culprit behind periodontal and gum disease. Signs of smoking addiction show darkened gums, as well as swollen and easily bleeding gums. Quit smoking to prevent gum bleeding and other serious dental complications.

These are the most common causes of gum bleeding. To learn more about these problems and to know how to prevent gum bleeding, make an appointment with us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill, and I’ll be glad to assist you.

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