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Health Tip: Don't Ignore Bleeding Gums

They could signal dental or periodontal disease

(HealthDay News) -- Bleeding gums are a sign that you may be at risk of dental or periodontal disease. Bleeding gums are often caused by a buildup of plaque along the gumline, the U.S. National Library of Medicine says.

Without proper dental care and treatment, plaque may harden to form tartar that is difficult to remove. Gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums, may develop if your gums tend to bleed. These symptoms could be a precursor of a disease of the gum and jawbone called periodontitis.

Bleeding gums aren't always a result of dental neglect. Other causes may include an infection, vitamin deficiency, leukemia, brushing too vigorously, certain medications like blood thinners, ill-fitting dentures, or hormonal imbalances.

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