Dr. Frederick Marra discusses how healthy gums play an important role in the maintenance of both oral health and overall health. Treating bleeding gums in our Cohoes, NY dental office promptly and effectively can avoid more complex problems associated with advanced periodontal disease. Dr. Marra offers comprehensive periodontal therapy for all stages of gum disease to restore oral health and prevent future damage.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
There are many reasons you might be experiencing bleeding gums. Some common causes of bleeding gums are gum disease, gingivitis, medication, and pregnancy.
Regular brushing and flossing are absolutely necessary to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Without regular oral care, you will begin to accumulate plaque on your teeth. The bacteria that live in our mouths feed on this plaque and 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 can work with you to help improve your dental health and discuss ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy while pregnant.
Why Should You Treat Gum Disease?
Gum disease can progress rapidly without detection and remains a leading cause of tooth loss today. Many patients don’t realize they have periodontal disease until they visit for a dental exam. Left untreated, gum disease will compromise the teeth and can result in a range of complex problems that may affect your dental and overall health and well-being.
Common signs of gum disease can include:
- Red, swollen gums
- Bleeding gums
- Loose teeth or shifting teeth
- Persistent bad breath (halitosis)
- Receding gums
- Changes in the bite or the fit of dentures
Dr. Marra works closely with patients to maintain healthy gums, healthy teeth, and disease prevention. If you suspect you are suffering from chronic periodontal or overall oral health issues, we offer personalized advice and care to address your unique concerns and reduce the risks associated with persistent gum disease. Call (518) 650-1930 or visit online to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marra to restore your oral health and smile.