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Why do my gums bleed sometimes?

I am a 38 year old male and my gums bleed sometimes. What does this mean?

6 Answers

Bleeding gums means there are bacteria. A professional dental cleaning will help eliminate bleeding gums and get rid of the bacteria.
Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) at the least and periodontitis at the worst when bone loss could be involved. Regardless, if your gums bleed, you should make an appointment to get checked ASAP.

Owen M. Waldman, DMD
Hi, the bleeding gums is a first sign of periodontal disease sash as gingivitis that could lead to more advanced stage of periodontal problem such as periodontitis. The cause of bleeding could be several from lack of professional cleaning, inadequate home care, bulky restorations on the teeth clenching and grinding. All of this should be evaluated by a professional.
The most common cause of bleeding gums is gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. Gingivitis is generally reversible with proper home care (brushing twice a day for two minutes and flossing once a day) and regular dental cleanings in a dental office. If it has been a while since you had a professional dental cleaning it is possible you have a degree of gum disease beyond gingivitis that will require a gum therapy cleaning (sometimes called deep cleaning or scaling and root planing) and it is important to see a dentist for diagnosis. Bleeding gums can also be a sign of other systemic issues such as diabetes. I would recommend having a dental check up for proper diagnosis.
When the gums bleed, it's usually a sign of gingivitis or inflammation of the gum tissue. Gingivitis results from infrequent flossing, and brushing. In addition, it is important to see a dentist every 6 months to get a cleaning and proper check up of the bone, teeth and gums.