Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
If your gums are bleeding and you are not sure why, we are glad you are here. Bleeding gums should never be ignored. Gums may bleed for a variety of reasons. People with periodontal disease often experience bleeding gums or gum tissue that is red, sore or inflamed. If this sounds like you, take action and seek an oral examination with Drs. Steven Daniel and Gaydos-Daniel, periodontists in the middle Tennessee area, before the problem gets worse.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding? It Could Be Gum Disease
If bacteria (plaque) is allowed to accumulate under the gums the gum tissue can get red, inflamed or swollen and start to bleed. This is gingivitis, the earliest form of gum disease. The good news is that with improved dental cleaning this condition can be readily treated.
However,untreated gingivitis may lead to periodontitis. With periodontitis the infection invades and damages the bone and tissues that support your teeth. Successfully eliminating this bone-level infection and repairing the damage is causes is more challenging than treating gingivitis. Depending on the extent of damage surgical therapy to eliminate the infection and regenerate lost bone and tissue may be needed.
Screenings for gum disease are standard practice during routine dental exams and cleanings, which is why it is so important to visit regularly with your dental care professional.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding? It Could Be Your Medication
Certain medications, both prescription and over-the-counter can thin the blood and cause the gums to bleed. Some people who take blood thinners, aspirin, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), birth control pills, and hypertension medication may experience bleeding gums. Please tell your dental professional if you are taking these or other medications, along with any health conditions.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding? It Could be Pregnancy
Pregnancy causes a rise in hormonal levels, making gum tissue more sensitive and prone to bleeding when brushing, flossing and eating. Sometimes they bleed without any contact at all. Gingivitis during pregnancy and immediately after is quite common. Maintaining oral health with regular periodontal checks and cleanings plus practicing excellent oral home care is critical. Research shows pregnant women who have periodontal disease are at risk of delivering pre-term and low birth weight infants.
If you have bleeding gums, take action because it could be serious. Call Dr. Daniel and Dr. Gaydos-Daniel, leading periodontists in the middle Tennessee area today so they can examine your gums and suggest a treatment plan.