Gums Bleed


Dear Jeff,

My gums bleed usually bleed when I brush or floss. Why is this so and how can I fix it?

– Karen K. Calamvale


There are many reasons for bleeding gums, most are related to periodontal disease (gum disease) which can be treated by your dentist or in some cases he or she may refer you to a gum specialist who is known as a Periodontist. Treatment usually involves a series of special cleans of the gums and associated tissues. Also, the dentist will go through with you brushing and flossing techniques. Bleeding gums may also be a sign of other illnesses some of which are quite serious – so it is important to find out what the reason is as soon as possible. The first person that you should contact is your dentist for a diagnosis.