What Causes Bleeding Gums?
Bleeding gums can have various causes, ranging in severity from 'worrying' to 'generally fatal'. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose bleeding gums, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "bleeding gums" as a symptom. Here are four possibilities:
- AML Leukemia
- Periodontal Disease
- Mercury Toxicity
- Vitamin C Need
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
wearing dirty dentures all day
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
moving white lines across nails
very early puberty onset
many loose teeth
poor bodily coordination
regular sore throats
chronic mouth soreness/sores
loss of appetite
often/always feeling unusually cold
frequent painful urge to defecate
... and more than 40 others
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of bleeding gums:
|Vitamin C Need
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
In the Mouth/Oral Symptoms
section of the questionnaire, The Analyst™
will ask the following question about gums that bleed easily:
How often do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth?
→ Never / don't know
→ Rarely, and only with hard brushing
→ At least once a month
→ At least once a week
→ Always or most of the time
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate either gums that bleed easily or gums that bleed very easily, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Vitamin C Requirement
Bleeding gums are sometimes due to scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), but this is a rare condition nowadays.