Gums That Bleed Easily

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:
metallic taste in mouth
abnormal taste in mouth
nasal congestion
moving white lines across nails
coated tongue
regular painful urge to defecate
occasional confusion/disorientation
eyes bulge from past hyperthyroidism
back-of-neck lymph node problems
very angry/hostile disposition
unexplained missed periods
occasional hangnails
... and more than 30 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:
Cause Probability Status
AML Leukemia 91% Confirm
Periodontal Disease 26% Unlikely
Vitamin C Need 2% Ruled out
Mercury Toxicity 1% Ruled out
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process

Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis

The Analyst™ 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?
Possible responses:
→ 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:
Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML)

Very rarely, bleeding gums are due to leukemia.

Periodontal Disease - Gingivitis

Bleeding gums are nearly always a symptom of gingivitis.

Vitamin C Requirement

Bleeding gums are sometimes due to scurvy (vitamin C deficiency), but this is a rare condition nowadays.