Can Bleeding Gums Cause Teeth Stain?

After I floss my teeth, sometimes I bleed and it gets onto my teeth. Can blood stain my teeth?

Doctor Answers 5

Gum bleeding could mean gum disease

Bleeding on the outside of your teeth won't cause them to stain, but gums really shouldn't be bleeding when you floss. It could mean you have gum disease. If you haven't seen a dentist for awhile, it would be a good idea to get a check up (including gum exam) and cleaning.

Cleveland Dentist
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Can bleeding gums stain teeth

First, your gums should not bleed when you floss. This is a sign of a chronic bacterial infection that, if left untreated, may lead to permanent damage to your gums, bones and teeth. The blood could result in surface stains of your teeth and it could result in stain around leaky fillings or crowns.

Susan Goode Estep, DMD
Atlanta Dentist
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Bleeding does not stain teeth

However bleeding gums are a warning sign of gum disease. You should not bleed when you floss. If you do, you should consult a periodontist as an underlying disease may be present.

Anca Bazile, DDS
New York Dentist

Teeth discoloration from gum bleeding

Bleeding of gum tissue does not cause any discoloration, but if your tooth is traumatized and internal bleeding occurs, that can definitely discolor your tooth permanently.

Kate Sahafi, DDS
Orange County Dentist
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Blood usually does not stain teeth

Trauma to a tooth can cause a tooth to bleed internally, causing discoloration, but external exposure to blood does not usually affect the color of teeth.

Lance Timmerman, DMD, MAGD
Seattle Dentist
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