If your gums are bleeding find out what it means and what you can do about it.

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When gums bleed during brushing, they are showing the first signs of the gum disease, gingivitis. Left untreated gingivitis develops into periodontal disease.

Before it gets to that, tackle the problem of gingivitis first. The good news is that gingivitis is nearly always reversible- time to visit your dentist. However, on your part, brush your teeth at least twice a day paying particular attention to the space where the gums and teeth meet. For good measure, look for toothpaste and mouthwash with anti-plaque action. Pay attention to the circumstances and observe how much blood is there. Consult a dentist as soon as possible if bleeding persists. Apart from gingivitis and peridontis, there are other causes of bleeding gums.

These include:

# Use of blood thinners

# Brushing too hard

# Improper flossing

# Infection, Which can be either tooth or gum-related

# Scurvy

# Vitamin K deficiency

# Hormonal changes due to pregnancy

# Leukemia

# Bracer or ill-fitting dentures

Some rare diseases

Here’s what you can do to alleviate your bleeding gums:

# Seek the advice of our pharmacists

# Avoid the smoking of cigarettes and tobacco, which aggravates bleeding gums

# Have poorly fitting dentures or braces adjusted & relined by your dentist if they are causing sore spots in gums

# Avoid aspirin unless your health care provider has recommended that you take it

# Try to control gum bleeding by applying direct pressure directly on the gums an ice pack

# If you have diagnosed with a vitamin deficiency, take recommended vitamin supplements

# If side effects of medication are irritating, ask your doctor to adjust or substitute another medication

# Never change your medication without consulting