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Bleeding Gums

If Your Gums Bleed When You Brush, Floss or Eat You May Have Gum Disease

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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?

Sore and painful gums should not be ignored. These symptoms can signal serious oral health issues. If you have bleeding or inflamed gums, set up an appointment for an oral evaluation with Dr. Levine as soon as possible.

Here is a closer look at some common causes of bleeding gums: 

  • Gum Disease / Periodontal Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

Chronic Inflammation or Pain Signals Gum Disease

Bleeding Gums in Cedarhurst, NY

Any signs of gum disease such as bleeding gums or loose teeth need to be taken seriously. If you are looking for treatment for bleeding gums in Nassau County and Cedarhurst, NY or treatment for other oral health problems, set up a consultation with Dr. Marc Levine as soon as possible. Gums that bleed are a sign that the gum tissue has become inflamed or infected. If your gums become sore or painful, you need to come in for an oral health evaluation.

Here is a closer look at some of the common causes of bleeding gums and treatment options:

Gum Disease

If you are not practicing proper oral hygiene, the bacteria in your mouth can cause the gums to become swollen or turn red. Bleeding gums are one of the key signs of gum disease. However, the early stages of gum disease can be reversed with early intervention and a diligent home care routine.

If gingivitis is left untreated, the condition can progress to periodontitis which is characterized by bone loss and even tooth loss. There is no cure for periodontal disease but it can be controlled and managed with periodontal therapy, maintenance cleanings, and a home care program. We also encourage patients to come in for periodic screenings as part of their dental exam to detect the presence of gum disease in the mouth.


Many medications have blood thinning properties and can put you at risk for developing bleeding gums. If you are taking aspirin, blood thinners, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), or blood pressure medication, your gums may be prone to bleeding. Make sure to share any medications or supplements that you are taking with Dr. Levine during your consultation.


Changing hormone levels during pregnancy can make your gums bleed easily when you are flossing, brushing your teeth, eating, or even on spontaneous occasions. Pregnancy related gingivitis typically occurs during and after pregnancy when hormone levels are at their highest. This is why regular dental cleanings and a diligent home care regimen are so important during pregnancy. Statistics show that women with periodontal disease are more likely to deliver prematurely and have low birth weight babies.

If you are looking for treatment for bleeding gums in Nassau County and Cedarhurst, NY, talk with Dr. Levine about treatment options. Dr. Levine can provide a treatment plan that will address issues like bleeding gums and other oral health concerns.

Dr. Marc Levine is an experienced periodontist on Long Island and Cedarhurst who is committed to providing a pleasant experience for each of his patients and provides state of the art treatments. Dr. Levine offers periodontal treatment options including the LANAP Laser Treatment, dental implants, crown lengthening, ridge preservation, bone grafting, and the cone beam, CT Scan and 3D imaging. Dr. Levine cares for patients in Cedarhurst, Long Island, Nassau County, and sourrounding areas. Please call our office today to schedule your appointment