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.

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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:
  • Vitamin C Need
  • AML Leukemia
  • Periodontal Disease
  • Mercury Toxicity

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:
fatigue after slight exertion
occasional hangnails
moving white lines across nails
very late puberty onset
bulging eyes
frequent painful urge to defecate
unexplained missed periods
being easily irritated
cold sores
diminished perspiration
preauricular node problems
angry/hostile disposition
... 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
Vitamin C Need 95% Confirm
Periodontal Disease 21% Unlikely
AML Leukemia 5% 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.

Vitamin C Requirement

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

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