The Ultimate Bleeding Gums Quiz

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How often do your gums bleed? If it’s more than once in awhile, you might be fighting plaque or gingivitis! Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the causes, concerns and symptoms of bleeding gums.

Which vitamin is the most important to prevent bleeding gums?

Vitamin K is the most important nutrient for dental health and blood clotting. It can be found in your favorite leafy green veggies.

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How often should you floss?

You should floss twice a day, after each time you brush.

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What is the best choice for your toothbrush?

Choose a toothbrush with soft nylon bristles, as harder bristled bushes can damage your gums and tear away your tooth enamel.

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If your gums bleed, you may have gum disease.

Bleeding gums are a symptom of gum disease. Of course, there are other reasons your gums might bleed, but you should definitely make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

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What percentage of American adults over 35 suffer from gum disease?

Over 75 percent of American adults over 35 suffer from some form of gum disease. The highest percentage have gingivitis, which is treatable.

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What stress hormone can affect your gum health?

The stress hormone cortisol causes inflammation throughout your body and in your gums.

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What common household poison can cause bleeding gums?

As it's name suggests, rat poison is highly toxic and ingesting it can cause a variety of ailments, from bleeding gums to death. Call poison control immediately if you suspect that you, your kids or your pets have swallowed some of this potentially fatal toxin.

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How often should you visit your dentist for a cleaning?

The American Dental Association recommends you visit your dentist for a cleaning twice a year. Brushing, flossing and regular trips to the dentist will help prevent bleeding gums and just about every other kind of dental-related problem.

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What should you do first if your gums won't stop bleeding?

Soak a gauze pad in ice water, and apply pressure to your bleeding gums. If that doesn't stop the bleeding, call you dentist or doctor.

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What disease does not have bleeding gums as a symptom?

Strep throat does not cause bleeding gums.

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Exposure to what element can cause bleeding gums?

Exposure to mercury, found in glass thermometers, can cause bleeding gums. Contact poison control if you are exposed to mercury.

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What is the most common cause of bleeding gums?

Poor dental hygiene is the leading cause of bleeding gums, so brush and floss daily!

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Pregnancy gingivitis, which is a fluctuation in hormone levels during pregnancy, is at its peak during which trimester?

The bleeding gums of pregnancy gingivitis are at their worst during the second trimester.

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Quitting what habit can greatly improve your dental health and put you at a lower risk of bleeding gums?

Smoking and using tobacco products irritates your gums and the tissue in your mouth, so quitting lessens your likelihood of having bloody gums.

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What color are healthy gums?

Healthy gums are coral pink and firm. Any other appearance requires attention from your dentist.

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Plaque, the sticky stuff which builds up on your teeth and can cause gum disease, is made up of what?

Plaque is nasty stuff. It's made up of bacteria, mucus and food particles.

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Bleeding gums are commonly the result of:

Your gums are sensitive, and brushing too hard can make them bleed. If you think your bloody gums are the result of being a little to forceful with the toothbrush, ease up and use a brush with softer bristles.

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What organ is often damaged by advanced-stage bleeding gums?

It's shocking, but the bacteria in your mouth can actually enter your bloodstream and contaminate other parts of your body. In fact, it can even cause heart disease.

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When your gums are irritated, what is the best rinsing agent?

Salt water works wonders for bleeding gums. No, you don't have to swish and spit brine -- make your own solution with table salt and tap water.

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Your gums may bleed if you start flossing regularly.

There are a lot of reasons your gums may bleed, and starting a new flossing regiment, especially if you haven't had one before, may be a cause. If they're still bleeding a few days after you first pick up the dental floss, however, make an appointment to see your dentist, because it could be the symptom of a more serious condition.

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