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3 Surprising Causes of Bleeding Gums June 19, 2019

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3 Surprising Causes of Bleeding Gums, Glastonbury, Connecticut

You may have noticed blood when you floss or brush your teeth. While this can be a normal reaction to food particles being removed from the gum line, in some cases this may be due to an underlying issue. Dentists and hygienists remind us that everything from applying excessive pressure while cleaning to what you eat can cause bleeding. To help you understand why you may be experiencing this, here are some of the lesser-known causes of oral bleeding.

3 Reasons Your Gums May Be Bleeding

1. Blood Disorders

Platelets are the cells in your blood responsible for clotting. If you don’t have enough of them due to a disorder like hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, you will bleed more easily, including in your gums when you brush or floss. Leukemia, a cancer of the blood, can also cause bleeding gums. If you have any of these conditions, your dentist can give you tips for minimizing this while caring for your teeth.

2. Vitamin Deficiency

dentistVitamins C and K help the body build healthy tissues. When you aren’t getting enough of these nutrients, you may experience bleeding gums. Increase your intake of vitamin C by eating citrus fruits, broccoli, tomatoes, potatoes, and bell peppers. For vitamin K, consume olive or canola oil, watercress, soybeans, and leafy greens like kale, spinach, and Swiss chard.

3. Gum Disease

Periodontal disease occurs when bacteria-laden plaque builds up in the gum line, resulting in inflammation. This makes the tissues more sensitive and prone to bleeding when you brush or floss. Left unaddressed, periodontitis, or gingivitis can even lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, the early-stage precursor to severe gum disease, can be reversed with better attention to flossing and the help of a dentist, so visit yours at the first sign of excessive bleeding.


If you are concerned about bleeding gums, visit the team at Nayaug Family Dental in South Glastonbury, CT. With a personalized exam, top-quality teeth cleanings, and customized treatment plans, they can help you get your oral health back on track. Dr. Brian Chiffer and his team are known for creating a friendly and supportive environment where patients feel at ease. In addition to a comprehensive range of services designed to safeguard your smile, they also offer emergency dental care to help you when you need the most. Review their available procedures online and call (860) 633-6167 to book your dentist appointment.

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