Gums | Why do gums bleed? How to prevent it and take care of your mouth

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Gum bleeding is very common and can be due to various reasons, do you want to know them? Keep reading.

Sometimes our gums bleed. Whether after brushing our teeth or at other times of the day, it is important to tackle this condition.

Why do my gums bleed? Diseases that cause gum bleeding include

  • periodontitis (an advanced form of gum disease)
  • vitamin deficiency – lack of a balanced diet
  • lack of clotting cells (platelets)

In addition, inflammation of the gums or gingivitis and periodontitis causes us to have more sensitive gums that are prone to bleeding.


Most people develop gingivitis when plaque (debris and bacteria that stick to the teeth) remains on the gum lines for a long time.

Other symptoms of gingivitis are:

  • Swollen gums
  • Pain in the mouth and around the gums
  • And the aforementioned bleeding gums

For this reason, good dental hygiene and brushing your teeth after each meal causes a removal of said plaque and, with it, a reduction in the probability of suffering gingivitis and dental caries).


Periodontal disease or periodontitis usually occurs as a bypass of gingivitis. Periodontitis is an infection of the gums, jaw, and supporting tissues that connect the teeth and gums. This can even cause the teeth to loosen and fall out.

Vitamin deficiencies

The lack of vitamins C and K is also a factor in the bleeding of our gums. For this reason, following a balanced diet is directly related to our dental health.

Some foods rich in vitamin C are citrus fruits and juices, broccoli, strawberries, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers …

And if we talk about vitamin K, we include foods such as kale, spinach, chard, lettuce, olive oil, soy …

For this reason, and as a summary, to avoid bleeding from our gums we will have to take into account several factors.

  1. To carry out a regular control of our general health to determine our state and adequate levels of vitamins.
  2. Visit our dentist at least a couple of times a year (recommended every six months).
  3. Be careful when brushing and not exert too much force.
  4. Brush our teeth after every meal and use a professional toothpaste.
  5. Eat a balanced diet.

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