Some patients may notice bleeding gums when performing routine brushing and flossing of their teeth. However, if this happens to you, know this: bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that you may be suffering from gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gum tissue.
Early diagnosis and intervention for gum disease can help reduce the risk of complications associated with advanced stage gum diseases, such as tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums.
Dental Excellence of Towson, MD offers routine screenings for gum disease and a full range of periodontal therapy services to address the varying stages of gingivitis and periodontitis.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
There are many reasons you may experience bleeding gums. Here on the common reasons for bleeding gums:
Regular brushing and flossing are imperative to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. When you don’t brush or floss your teeth, you accumulate plaque. The bacteria from the plaque can cause inflammation and irritation in the gums, which leads to gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and one of the most common signs of it is bleeding gums. At the earliest stage, gum disease is reversible. Our team can work with you to reverse the effects of gingivitis with a personalized treatment plan.
Keep in mind, the longer that bleeding gums are left untreated, the more likely the infection will get worse. As gum disease progresses, your gums may recede, which may allow bacteria to make its way to the tissue below the gum line. If this occurs, it can increase your risk of bone and tooth loss.
Certain types of medication can increase your risk of bleeding gums. For example, aspirin, birth control, and blood pressure medication can contribute to bleeding gums. It is important to let our team know about the medicines you are taking so we can determine if that is contributing to your bleeding gums.
The hormone in the body changes when you are pregnant. Studies have shown that pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gingivitis.
If you are pregnant and notice any changes in your dental health like bleeding gums, please be sure to contact our team. Your dentist can work with you to help improve your dental health and discuss ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy while pregnant.
When Do I Need to See a Dentist for Bleeding Gums?
It is important to visit the dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental exam, screening, and professional dental cleaning.
However, if you notice any changes in your dental health, you may want to schedule an appointment with our team. Dr. Patrick Ousborne and Dr. Rikki Esterson of Dental Excellence in Towson, MD are committed to helping you achieve healthier teeth and gums. They will work with you to restore health and balance to your smile. To schedule an appointment at Dental Excellence, you can call (410) 514-6553 or request an appointment online.