Bleeding Gums Washington DC

Do you suffer from gums that bleed easily?

While sometimes the reason for bleeding gums can be something simple like using the wrong brushing and flossing techniques, it could also be a sign of an underlying health condition.

Common Causes for Bleeding Gums

Some of the common causes for bleeding gums are:

  • Brushing too hard or brushing with a toothbrush that isn’t soft enough
  • A new flossing routine which your gums aren’t used to yet
  • Medications like blood thinners which make you bleed more easily and antidepressants, antihistamines and high blood pressure medicine which cause dry mouth.
  • Suffer from inflamed gums because of hormonal changes during pregnancy
  • You have a family history of bleeding gums
  • Ill-fitting dentures
  • Smoking which weakens your immune system against gum infection and slows the healing once gums are damaged
  • You are stressed which causes your body to create chemicals that lead to inflammation and gum disease

While bleeding gums can be caused by the common causes listed above, they could also be the signs of underlying health conditions such as:


Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease which causes the gums to be red, irritated and swollen. It causes inflammation of your gums, and bleeding when you brush your teeth.

Gingivitis can be resolved by taking care of by proper brushing, flossing, using mouthwash and regular dentist visits.


If not taken care of, gingivitis advances into periodontitis which is a long-term gum disease which damages bone and tissue that support your teeth. Gums bleed easily, become inflamed and pull away from the roots of the teeth.

This can cause teeth to become loose and separate, get bad breath, cause change in the fit of your teeth, and if not treated, even cause loss of teeth. Your dentist can offer you various solutions and periodontal treatment.


Bleeding gums can also be the symptoms of type 1 or type 2 diabetes. As your mouth isn’t strong enough to fight germs, infections like gum disease are more likely. High blood sugar levels also make healing difficult for your body.


Bleeding gums can also signify leukemia. Leukemia reduces your platelet count, platelets that help your body stop bleeding.

Leukemia makes it harder to stop bleeding including in your gums.


Thrombocytopenia is another condition where your body does not have enough platelets in order to clot your blood.

This causes bleeding in different body parts, even in your gums.

Von Willebrand Disease or Hemophilia

Von Willebrand Disease or Hemophilia is a condition where you suffer from heavy bleeding when you get a small cut or have dental work done. This is the result of blood not clotting properly.

Lack of Vitamins C or K

Vitamin C helps your body heal and strengthens your bones and teeth. Vitamin K helps blood clot properly. If there is a lack of these vitamins it can cause bleeding gums.

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