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What do I do when I have bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums usually occur due to inflammation from gum disease. This is primarily associated with plaque formation, which consists of bacteria along with sugar and starch from your diet.

If you have bleeding gums, it is necessary to have a dental evaluation so that appropriate treatment may be instituted, as untreated bleeding gums can lead to more serious problems such as gingivitis and periodontitis. Plaque and gum bleeding may be controlled with regular brushing and flossing. You can also visit your dentist for a more thorough cleaning. Your dentist may prescribe an antiseptic mouthwash and suggest that you rinse your mouth with salt water.

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