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The 5 Most Common Causes Of Bleeding Gums

Seeing a little “pink in the sink” is a very common thing, and it happens to even the best of us. A little bruising here, a little bit too vigorous brushing there, and you can see some blood in your saliva. The problem is when you have blood in your sputum in a regular basis. This is certainly a sign of something gone terribly wrong, and is usually your body’s way of telling you that something is amiss. Here are the 5 most common reasons why our gums bleed, starting from least to most common. 

5: Bleeding Disorders

Haemophilia and ITP (idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura) are conditions in which your blood does not coagulate, and thus even tiny little cuts and scrapes can result in a mouth full of blood. This affects a very tiny fraction of the population, and if you have a condition in which you are more prone to bleeding, and are seeing some blood in your spit after you brush, try brushing less vigorously. If that is not the problem, there is very little that can be done, although coagulating agents are available. 

4: Poor Oral Hygiene

This one is kind of a catch all for having your periodontal tissue be in disrepair without any sort of specific bacterial infection. You may just have lots of plaque and tartar, which means more bleeding because of swollen gums and capillaries being pushed to the surface. This is quite common, and will happen to people who take good care of their teeth but do not floss, or have bad eating habits.

3. Periodontal Disease

You may have an acute periodontal infection of one bacteria or another, possibly even more bacteria at the same time. If you are experiencing this, you will definitely know about it, as you will be very far gone in terms of bad oral health. if you have this condition, you will need antibiotics to cure it, and you may even be on the verge of losing teeth, a bad place to be, because if you lose on tooth, the rest are almost sure to follow. Symptoms include swollen gums, loosening of teeth, possibly lesions in the mouth, and plaque and sediment on the teeth as well as on the tongue. 

2. Pregnancy And Hormonal Imbalances

You may be pregnant, or have a hormonal issue that causes your gums to bleed. The hormones secreted during pregnancy make your gums more sensitive, and much more likely to bleed. To add to this, your bodies immune system will be taxed from expecting a child, and thus any sort of bacterial colony that otherwise would have been dealt with may take up station in your mouth, and their daily goings on and secretions may make our gums bleed, too. This is especially the case if you are having a pregnancy with complications of any sort. 

1. Gingivitis

The number one cause of bleeding gums is none other than gingivitis, or infection of the gums. If you see that your gums are bleeding, most often you will have some bacteria lurking in your gums, living there and chronically irritating your gums. The best thing to do is to go to a dentist and have them check it out, and have them cure you.