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Bleeding Gingiva Overview

Another name for Bleeding Gingiva is Bleeding Gums.

What are bleeding gums?
A person with bleeding gums is bleeding more than usual from the gums. Bleeding from the gums is common after brushing or flossing the teeth. However, persistent bleeding may be a sign of abnormal blood clotting.

What are the symptoms of bleeding gums?
Associated symptoms of bleeding gums may include gum pain, bad breath, and dental pain. In some cases there may be blood in the stool, black stool, nosebleeds, or vomiting coffee grounds-appearing material.

How does the doctor treat bleeding gums?
Treatment for bleeding gums depends on the underlying cause. Measures range from tooth and gum care and antibiotics to medications to reverse excessive bleeding.

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Last Updated: Feb 6, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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