You may have noticed your gums bleeding during routine brushing and flossing. It is important for you to recognize that bleeding gums are not normal. Bleeding gums are one of the most common signs that you may have gum disease, a bacterial infection of the gums that can lead to bone and tooth loss.
The key to effective treatment is early detection and intervention. Treating the condition early reduces the risk of the major complications associated with advanced stage gum diseases, such as tooth loss, bone loss, and receding gums.
Dr. Frederick Marra offers routine screenings for gum disease and a full range of periodontal therapy services to address the varying stages of gingivitis and periodontitis at his practice, Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants in Cohoes, NY.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
There are many reasons you might be experiencing bleeding gums. Here are the common reasons for bleeding gums:
Regular brushing and flossing are absolutely necessary to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. When you don’t brush or floss your teeth, you will begin to accumulate plaque — a combination of saliva and food residue — on your teeth. The bacteria that live in our mouths feed on this plaque and in the process can cause inflammation and irritation in the gums, which leads to gingivitis.
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease, and the first sign is usually bleeding gums. At this early stage, gum disease is still reversible. Dr. Marra and his dedicated team can work with you to reverse the effects of gingivitis with a personalized care plan.
The longer that bleeding gums are left untreated, the more likely the infection in your gums will worsen so seeking treatment early is key. As gum disease progresses, your gums may recede and bacteria may settle in the gaps, increasing 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 notify your dental care team about which medicines you are taking so we can determine if they are contributing to your bleeding gums.
Pregnancy causes hormone changes in your body. Studies show that pregnant women are at an increased risk of developing gingivitis. If you are pregnant and notice any changes in your dental health such as bleeding gums, you should schedule a dental appointment as soon as possible. Dr. Marra or your local 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 see your dentist at least twice a year for a routine dental examination, screening, and professional dental cleaning by a dental hygienist. However, if you notice any changes in your dental health, you may want to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Dr. Marra is an experienced dentist in Cohoes, NY who is committed to helping you achieve healthier teeth and gums. He and his staff at Capital Region Complete Dental Care & Implants can work with you to restore health and balance to your smile. To schedule an appointment, you can call (518) 650-1930 or request an appointment online.