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Uncontrollable bleeding gums

Bleeding gums are the stereotypical problem where nothing is really wrong, but there is still some issue. Most people don’t take it seriously, as it is not a big problem; a little pink in the sink after brushing your teeth, or a little piece of something bloods on the end of the floss and thats about it. And in reality they are only half right; while a little bit of bleeding is not a sign for impending doom, it is a sign of periodontitis, or gingivitis, which is the beginnings of the end for your teeth, and implies a bacterial infection that is destroying the soft tissues in your mouth- something that you really need to take care of as soon as possible. 

Amount and frequency

The problem is that bleeding gums can be a result of some very serious, life threatening conditions as well. The amount of blood that is lost, the frequency of occurrence, and whether or not the bleeding can be quelled are all ways to tell if you have some kind of serious problem, or just a minor infection. If the bleeding is quite severe, ro is not severe but just will not stop, then you have a problem and you need to see a dentist immediately. Although more than likely it is just an issue of a minor bacterial infection, improper flossing or of brushing too hard, it could be one of the following problems: 

- Oral cancer: Unstoppable bleeding is one of the first and early signs of oral cancer. If the bleeding happens near or from a  lesion, the chances are even higher. It is important to catch oral cancer at an early stage, as it can be cured very easily if found early on, but is an automatic death sentence if caught after metastasis.

- Leukemia: Bleeding gums can be one of the first signs of leukemia and of the many problems associated with it. Leukemia is a type of cancer, one that occurs in the blood but stems from the bone marrow, and haemorrhaging wherever the skin is thin and where capillaries are close to the surface, and the gums have both of these properties.

- Scurvy: Scurvy is nothing more than a scary name for vitamin C deficiency. Although very easy to deal with in most countries, the trick is you have to know what the problem is. And with symptoms like bleeding gums, fatigue and irritability, it may not be as easy as you think. 

- Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura: ITP is the common name of this scary Latin medical term, and it is synonymous with a bleeding disorder. People with ITP have a condition in which their immune system attacks blood palates and destroys them, leading to their blood not congealing as quickly, and to constant bleeding.

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