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Bleeding Gums

Stop plaque buildup in its tracks

Bleeding gums is caused by plaque buildup along the gumline, which can lead to gingivitis or eventually periodontitis. But you can stop it first.

What you need to know about Bleeding Gums

What causes bleeding gums?

The main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line. This will lead to a condition called gingivitis, or inflamed gums. Plaque that is not removed will harden into tartar. This will lead to increased bleeding and a more advanced form of gum and jaw bone disease known as periodontitis.

How do I get my gums to stop bleeding?

Here are things you can try to stop bleeding gums at home:

  • Brush two to three times a day.
  • Floss once daily.
  • Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
  • Rinse your mouth with warm saltwater.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash.
  • Avoid smoking.

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What are common symptoms of bleeding gums?

The most common signs of bleeding gums are:

  • Painful gingival ulceration (gum sores)
  • Excessive gingival pain or discomfort
  • Inflamed gums and oral mucosa
  • Dental sensitivity

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