Persistent Bleeding Gums

Many people find themselves in the particular bind that their gums bleed from time to time. Like every time that they brush their teeth or eat anything involving crusty bread or paninis. They may find that their mouth randomly tastes like blood, and may find this unpleasant situation occurring surprisingly often. Make no mistake, this is a problem. There can be many causes, but all of them are bad, and if this is happening to you, you need to consult a dentist, and until you do, there are a few steps that can be taken. 

Possible Causes

If you have recurring, persistent bleeding gums, this almost always means that you have some sort of gum disease, most likely periodontitis. You will need to start taking antibiotics to be rid of the problem forever. You may also need to spend more time on your oral hygiene, but this is not always the case, as even people who are very careful when administering their oral hygiene can find themselves with periodontitis. This is because bacteria in the mouth can reside in places that you cannot reach with the holy trinity of at home dental care; the toothbrush, floss and mouthwash. Some bacteria will continue to live underneath your gums and in the tissue of your gums, and on the cementum of your teeth. This is why you need to go to a six month check up and have a deep cleaning every six months, otherwise, some form of bacteria will eventually evolve to be able to dominate your periodontium.

Another major risk factor is smoking or frequent use of alcohol. These products dry out your mucus membrane, and cause your gums to shrink. This means that the capillaries are closer to the surface, and can get hurt more easily, not to mention that dryness causes increased extra-capillary action, or bleeding through, which will result in your mouth tasting like blood, or some blood in your saliva. 

There can also be some sort of wound that is very small and will not heal because some kind of action you do keeps on tearing it open again and again, or something may be causing microscopic wounds to your gums. This will also result in visible amounts of blood in your saliva.  


The solutions depend on what sort of problems you have. If you have swollen gums or otherwise a disease of the gums, go to a dentist, take prescriptions, and if surgery is needed, undergo it. Otherwise, go to  your six month check up and you will not have periodontitis. If you smoke, quit. It’s a harsh thing to say, but you can do it if you want to. Also, if you have blood in your spit regularly, go and see your doctor, even if nothing hurts at all.