Your bleeding gums are a problem.

Contrary to what you may have been told bleeding gums is not normal. You wouldn’t ignore blood in your urine or blood leaking out of any other body part so why do many patients ignore their bleeding gums.

Bleeding gums is usually caused by a bacterial infection and could be the first sign you have early gum disease or a more advanced case. Smoking reduces the amount of bleeding but doesn’t mean you don’t have a problem. If you wake up in the morning with blood on you pillow you should be examined to determine the cause. If your gums bleed while brushing or flossing you should also come in for a check up.

Don’t wait until it hurts. Most problems can be easily treated and stabilized before it becomes a major issue. Call the Levittown office at (516) 796-6600 to set up an appointment for a regular cleaning and exam.

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Dr. Marc Gottlieb is one of Long Island's leading dental practicioners, specializing in helping those who feel anxiety or apprehension when visiting the dentist. He can be reached at