Periodontist Questions Gum Disease

“Why do my gums bleed in the mornings?”

I'm 32 years old and my gums usually bleed in the mornings. It's not a lot of blood, but it's after I floss or brush my teeth. Does this mean I have gum disease?

9 Answers

Yes
Hi,

Bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease, most likely gingivitis, which is reversible. The fact that it is noticed in the morning may be suggestive or mouth breathing. If you sleep with your mouth open or breathe regularly through your mouth rather than nose, it's mouth breathing. Mouth breathing will dry your mouth as saliva will cease to exist. This will affect your gums and teeth. Our saliva has many properties which help protect our oral cavity from disease. Check with your dentist or hygienist for their recommendations.
It seems that you do. You need to see a dentist to properly diagnose the problem. The sooner you correct this the better your dental health will be.
It is quite possible that you have “gum” disease. Gingivitis is one possible problem. This is just inflammation of the gums. You will see bleeding on brushing and flossing. Periodontal disease is another possible cause. This is more serious. This is not only inflammation of the gums but inflammation of the bone around the the teeth. This is characterized by bone loss and bleeding for sure. There are some systemic conditions that can cause gums to bleed. An exam by a dentist with X-rays is needed to determine what the cause is.

Dr. Brandon Nicholson, D.D.S.
It is possible you have some form of gum disease. It ranges from mild gingivitis to periodontal disease. There are many reasons for this. You should talk with your dentist about the issue.

Dr Jensen
Bleeding indicates inflammation and/or infection. In short, yes, you have signs of gum disease, but the extent can only be determined from a dental exam, which includes measuring periodontal pocket depths.

Sincerely,

Dr. Rankin
There is a very good possibility that you have some form of gum disease. It's not possible to determine from this limited information if you have the beginning stages of gingivitis, or a more advanced stage of periodontal disease. In either case, the disease is treatable with the help of your dental professional. You may only need to have a thorough cleaning, but you may also be in need of more comprehensive gum treatments. Try to see your dentist as soon as convenient in order to determine the extent of the disease and the measures necessary in order to treat it.
Good luck!
Bleeding gums is the first and one of the signs. If it's gum disease, you should have an exam with the dentist.
As always, it is impossible to make a diagnosis over the internet without oral examination and X-rays. It looks like you have at least a mild form of gingivitis, which is a beginning of periodontal disease. Fortunately, gingivitis is completely reversible with regular cleanings and good oral hygiene.