Why do my gums bleed? Causes and remedies
Finding that some part of our body is bleeding may be disconcerting. One of the times that this may happen is when we brush and spit and we find blood-tinged saliva. The presence of blood in saliva causes a metal taste in our mouth.
Causes of blood in my saliva
The main cause of blood in saliva is gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a common gum disease characterised by inflammation and the reddening of the gums around the base of the teeth. It is generally caused by bad oral hygiene.
Treatment normally includes a professional scale and polish, followed by a good hygiene routine at home.
The presence of aphthae or ulcers can also cause blood in your saliva. Ulcers are small and painful and develop on the gums, lips and cheeks.
Often, they are due to minor traumas, such as an accidental bite, vigorous brushing, a lack of vitamins, sensitivity to spicy or acidic food, celiac disease or immune system problems.
Generally, they do not require treatment, since they tend to disappear by themselves. If they grow or last more than a couple of weeks, it is advisable to consult your dentist.
It is important to visit your odontologist if you suffer symptoms such as:
- Recurring aphthae
- Bleeding of gums after brushing or using dental floss
- Sensitive, inflamed or red gums
- Gum recession
- Loose teeth
- Atypical sensitivity to cold or heat