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:
many loose teeth
bulging eyes from hyperthyroidism
severe fatigue after slight exertion
very early puberty onset
wearing dirty dentures all day
moving white lines across nails
regular sore throats
severe tongue swelling
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.