Bleeding Gums are a very common problem in dentistry but can sometimes mean more than just a simple problem and can in fact be quite severe. Bleeding gums are sometimes the start of very bad conditions like periodontal disease and gingivitis. There are a number of signs to look out for which may indicate gum disease or gingivitis including, sore gums, swollen gums, changes in the fit of the teeth, deep pocket formations between the teeth and gums, bleeding during and after brushing, and recession of the gums. Bleeding gums can however sometimes be a symptom of canker sores and mouth ulcers which are not caused by gum diseases. Not addressing the problems with bleeding gums can come at a very high price as in some situations it can increase the risk of diabetes, strokes, and heart attacks. If the gums are exposed and swollen they are under the attack from every bacterium that is present in the mouth and its exposure allows for the passage of these bacteria into other parts of the body. This causes a number of conditions such as, digestive disorders, respiratory dysfunction, and pancreatic cancer. There are a number of chief causes for bleeding gums such as, lack of oral hygiene, hormonal changes, cancer, and chemotherapy. The best way to avoid bleeding gums and risk of exposure to bacteria are to stick to strict oral hygiene routine. This means you should be brushing and flossing twice daily, keeping to a balanced diet, keeping hydrated, drinking plenty of water, avoid smoking and tobacco products, and to taking care when drinking very cold or very hot drinks. Visit a city of London W1 dentist to avoid problems with bleeding gums.