Most forms of gum disease are caused by plaque. This sticky substance traps food and bacteria against the gum line. Over time, bacteria attack the gums, triggering inflammation and sensitivity. Without treatment, the problem can worsen. The gums may bleed while eating, brushing, or flossing. Gum problems have also been linked to heart disease and stroke.
Often, smoking and poor oral hygiene are to blame for gum disease. But, some patients may be prone to gum disease even if they brush and floss daily. Pregnant women are at a high risk of gum disease, and so are people with diabetes. Patients who wear dentures are more likely to develop gum disease, too.
In rare cases, bleeding gums can be a sign of a severe condition like leukemia. Patients who notice bleeding gums should seek dental care right away. Our team can determine the source of the problem. If further tests are required, we help patients make the necessary arrangements.
Smoking, vaping, and chewing tobacco all increase one's risk for gum disease. The substances dry out the mouth and reduce blood flow to the gums. Over time, some patients may develop gum problems. Patients who notice gums bleeding should quit all tobacco products at once.
A poor diet can also lead to vitamin deficiencies. If the body does not receive enough of certain nutrients, patients may develop gum recession. Blood tests can determine whether a patient suffers from nutritional deficiencies. If a nutritional deficiency is to blame, supplements may resolve the problem.
Some prescription medications are associated with oral bleeding, too. Blood thinners, including aspirin, can increase the risk of bleeding. Patients who experience oral bleeding while taking these drugs need immediate care. Contact your healthcare provider for further advice.
Bleeding gums can signify an underlying health problem. If you notice that your gums are inflamed, contact your dental provider right away. A dentist can examine your gums and determine the source of the problem.
Bleeding gums are usually a sign of gingivitis. Gingivitis develops when plaque and bacteria become trapped against the gum line. Treatment can get rid of plaque and destroy the bacteria.
Bleeding gums can also result from:
● Prescription drugs.
● Vitamin deficiencies.
● Bleeding disorders.
● Poor brushing habits.
● Ill-fitting dental appliances.
Our dental team can provide an in-depth exam to determine the cause of your symptoms.
Our team begins by identifying the cause of your symptoms. If you have gingivitis, our team can perform a scaling and root planing procedure. This treatment removes plaque and bacteria from below the gums. If your symptoms have a different cause, we deliver the appropriate treatment. As part of your treatment, our team demonstrates proper brushing techniques. We also adjust dental appliances to ensure a comfortable fit.
Many patients mistakenly believe that gum bleeding is normal. But healthy gums should not bleed, even during flossing or a dental checkup. If you notice that your gums bleed while flossing, contact our team. We can check your gums for signs of gingivitis or other dental problems.
Up to 40% of pregnant women experience gum disease during pregnancy. Hormonal changes can make you more susceptible to gum disease. Make sure to keep up with dental checkups while pregnant, and notify your team of any new symptoms. Prompt treatment can keep the problem from progressing.