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My Gums Are Randomly Bleeding - Do I have Gingivitis?


Bleeding Gums Disease

If your gums are randomly bleeding, and you started to worry about your oral health, then maybe the bleeding is not so random, and there is an explanation for it. Most likely this is due to gingivitis, a dental problem that can be corrected with a proper oral hygiene.

Bleeding Gums is a problem for many people, no matter what part of the world they live in. In North America more than 75 percent of the people above the age 35 suffer from periodontal disease. Sore gums are a problem for many of us, and this is usually the first sign we need to think more seriously at our dental hygiene. If your gums bleed randomly you could have gingivitis, a periodontal disease, that can progress in other more serious diseases if not treated properly.

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Bleeding Gums Causes

Randomly Bleeding Gums?

Some people complain that their gums are randomly bleeding. While this can certainly be just a random episode and it will go away, most often, randomly bleeding gums are associated with periodontal disease.

Other than periodontal disease, (or gum disease), the bleeding of gums can also be caused by: pregnancy,

  • vitamin deficiency, (scurvy),
  • tooth or gum infection,
  • leukemia,
  • diabetes,
  • hormonal changes,
  • and the side effect of certain medications.

The most common cause of gingivitis is a poor dental hygiene. A poor oral hygiene, will allow the dental plaque to develop above the healthy levels, and the bacteria that populates the plaque will produce too much acid that will harm both your teeth and your gums.

Gums and teeth are not the only ones that are affected by plaque, recent studies have shown that abnormal dental plaque can cause heart problems. Further, if plaque is not removed it will develop into tartar, which is certain to cause you gingivitis.

There is enough scientific evidence that indicates that gingivitis, if not treated, can develop into a more serious form of periodontal disease - periodontitis.

Quite often, people complain about bleeding after a deep cleaning at the dentist. Most of the cases this is only a temporary issue, that will go away within 24 hours. If it doesn't, call your dentist. Avoid blood thinners during this period, even aspirin. This could make it worse.

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Soft picks are a great way to clean between the teeth, and it's so much easier than flossing. The picks are designed to be very gentle on your gums, will fit in very small places, and will help removing plaque and tartar, hence your gums bleeding will decrease. However, the soft picks only work for people with enough space between the teeth.

How To Stop Randomly Bleeding Gums - The First Step to Preventing Receding Gums?

If you ignore the randomly bleeding of your gums, in time this could progress into a more serious condition, the periodontal disease. Periodontal disease will make your gums recede in the more advanced cases.Treating receding gums is not easy, but is definitely something manageable, if discovered in time. The most important thing is to get organized, determined, tenacious and make a plan. If you are determined you can reverse receding gums in a few months to one year. If your gums bleed only occasionally, your gums have already started to recede a tiny bit, but is not too late. However, you need to start your plan to treat the gums as soon as possible and do not let it progress into a more serious condition.A deep cleaning at the dentist is the first step, but even without the deep cleaning, you should immediately start a fast-track recovery for your gums. All of the following will help your gums to get healthy and stop the "pink in the sink":

  • The first important thing is to have a professional deep cleaning in the dentist office. If you had a regular cleaning, you brushed and flossed every day, and you gum's health have become worse you should see another dentist/technician for your next cleaning.
  • Brush your teeth twice or three times daily. Do not skip brushing as this is essential for maintaining your teeth clean.
  • Make sure you brush properly, if you aren't sure ask your dentist to show you the proper technique.
  • Using an electric toothbrush will improve you chances to revers the gingivitis.
  • Floss at least once per day before going to bed. If you floss two times you recovery time will be faster. Don't skimp on flossing, if you travel, make sure you have floss with you.
  • Consider using a water pick or the more modern variant the air pick. Using the air pick will act not only as a floss but will massage your gum, increasing the blood flow. The advantage with the air floss is that you can add your favourite mouthwash and this will precisely target the places that need it most. More about mouthwash later in the article.
  • When you start the treatment, you need to use a strong antibacterial with stannous fluoride, such as Periomed. If you cannot procure this, use a product with chlorhexidine gluconate as the active ingredient. Chlorhexidine Gluconate is a powerful pharmaceutical antibacterial mouth rinse.
  • When the gums start to recover you can switch to a more gentle anti-bacterial mouthwash such as BreathRx or Biotene which are gentle yet amongst the most effective products.
  • A great all-natural antibacterial mouthwash can be prepared at home by mixing water and tea-tree oil. Use a toothpaste that is meant for killing germs and preventing plaque.

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Do not overuse though, as with any other mouthwash. Overuse of any mouth rinse will kill your oral flora along with plaque. The flora in your mouth is essential for your gums' health.

Use any mouthwash on a regular basis only until your gum bleeding stops, and then continue with a less often usage.

Brushing and flossing are in fact the most effective and safe for removing plaque. You can also check my page about how to remove plaque from teeth.

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© 2012 Dorian Bodnariuc

Your Comments

Renee Dixon from Kentucky on January 19, 2014:

My gums started bleeding a lot when i became pregnant, and still do. I was told its because of the extra blood and blood flow but not sure. Great lens, well written and informative!

Dorian Bodnariuc (author) from Ottawa, Ontario Canada on October 13, 2013:

@FirstClassDenta: Good point. I have been advising that on my other writings, apparently I missed it here.

FirstClassDenta on October 13, 2013:

Great tips you've written above Dorian. I'd recommend if you have bleeding gums, see a dental hygienist as soon as possible, and use in home products as a compliment to this, rather than a cure. If price is an issue then think about joining a dental plan beforehand, there's no waiting period and you can get significant discounts. - Craig

lesliesinclair on July 05, 2013:

This is an important topic we all to often ignore. It's a good thing for our children that we pay more attention to their oral health than our parents probably did for us.

Thetoothfaerie on November 07, 2012:

Great lens. Gums will bleed when you begin flossing but that should stop after a few times.