Do You Know The Signs And Symptoms Of Bleeding Gums?

Bleeding gums typically come on very quickly and usually only bleed during brushing and flossing. In cases of severe gum disease, your gums may bleed sporadically, even if youre just smiling.

Gums should not bleed if you brush and floss properly on a regular basis. If you arent a routine flosser, bacteria buildup below the gums may cause your gums to bleed each time you brush. This can also spread along the gumlines and bleed when you brush your gums. If treatment is delayed, the bleeding usually worsens.

Gum swelling, red gums or sore gums may also accompany bleeding. Tooth sensitivity may occur as well, and may be due to gum recession from the infected, bleeding gums.


Bleeding gums are usually a sign that something else is going on in your mouth. Be it a localized area that has an old filling that needs to be replaced, heavy tartar buildup, bone loss or gum disease, bleeding can signal that you need to up your oral hygiene or else see your dentist.

When left untreated, bleeding gums that are associated with one of the above conditions can become more problematic. It should be seen as an early warning sign that prevents you from having broken teeth, tooth loss or severe gum disease.

Infected gums usually begin with bleeding, but can easily progress into:

    • Gum recession

    • Gum swelling

    • Tenderness

    • Redness

    • Destruction of gum tissues

    • Bone loss

  • Tooth loss
Underlying Gum Issues/Conditions

Bleeding is a sign of infection and is usually associated with gingivitis or gum disease. When left untreated, gum disease can and often does lead to: 
    • Bad breath

    • Gum recession

    • Bone loss

    • Loose teeth

  • Tooth loss
Association With Systemic Health Concerns

When the gums bleed they allow plaque from your mouth to travel through the body to other areas. This places an increased strain on your immune system and makes it more difficult to treat other conditions. Systemic diseases that are often associated with gum infections include:

    • Stroke

    • Heart attack

    • Diabetes

    • Obesity

    • Premature birth

  • Erectile dysfunction

and many more.

In rare cases, bleeding gums can also be a symptom of underlying diseases or other systemic health conditions ranging from anything such as anemia to leukemia. If your bleeding gums dont improve, please seek medical attention. 

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