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Can bleeding gums be a sign of gingivitis?

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Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis, or inflammation of your gums. It's a common and mild form of gum disease, and it's caused by a buildup of plaque at your gumline.

If you have gingivitis, your gums may be irritated, red, and swollen. They may bleed when you brush your teeth.

You can get rid of this problem by taking good care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss every day, rinse daily with an antibacterial mouthwash, and see your dentist regularly.

From: Bleeding Gums and Your Health WebMD Medical Reference

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Samantha Markovitz, certified diabetes educator.

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous)."

American Dental Association: "Bleeding Gums," "Gum Disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Warning Signs."

American Society of Hematology: "Bleeding Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

Merck Manual: "Vitamin C."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Oral Health Foundation: "Gum Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)," "Vitamin K."

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health: "Bleeding Gums," "Scurvy."

Vitamin D Council: "Periodontal Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

SOURCES:

Samantha Markovitz, certified diabetes educator.

American Cancer Society: "Leukemia -- Acute Myeloid (Myelogenous)."

American Dental Association: "Bleeding Gums," "Gum Disease."

American Diabetes Association: "Warning Signs."

American Society of Hematology: "Bleeding Disorders."

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

Merck Manual: "Vitamin C."

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research: "Periodontal (Gum) Disease: Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments."

Oral Health Foundation: "Gum Disease."

University of Maryland Medical Center: "Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)," "Vitamin K."

University of Maryland Shore Regional Health: "Bleeding Gums," "Scurvy."

Vitamin D Council: "Periodontal Disease."

Reviewed by Alfred D. Wyatt Jr. on December 11, 2018

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