Bleeding gums can be caused for a variety of reasons, and are often a sign of more serious health problems such as gum disease. If your gums have been bleeding more easily or you have been exhibiting other symptoms of gingivitis, make an appointment with Dr. J. Brent Bartruff. We can treat your bleeding gums in Fort Walton Beach, FL and determine if they are a result of a more serious problem.
Bleeding gums are a symptom that should not be ignored. Call our office today to seek treatment for your bleeding gums in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
A healthy mouth is important in lowering your risk of gum disease and keeping your body healthy as a whole. Bleeding gums are a symptom of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease, and should be treated immediately. Soreness or pain within the gums is often an indication of progressing gum disease.
Causes of Bleeding Gums
Practicing good oral hygiene lowers the level of bacteria that develops in your mouth. Bacteria in the mouth can cause pain, redness, and swelling of the gums which causes them to bleed. In many cases, proper oral hygiene can help stop your gums from bleeding. If gingivitis is treated in its early stages, the damaging effects can be overturned. Gum disease is commonly detected in its early stages by bleeding gums.
Gingivitis can be detrimental if left untreated, as it can progress to periodontal disease. This advanced form of gum disease causes bone and gum deterioration and can lead to tooth loss. If you have experienced any of these symptoms, you could have periodontitis which can be managed through strict maintenance including treatment from a dental professional, thorough cleanings, and intensive homecare.
Medicine and Pregnancy
Medications such as aspirin, birth control pills, and even blood pressure medicines have blood thinning qualities and can increase the risk of bleeding gums. It is important to inform Dr. Bartruff of any medications that you have taken or are currently taking.
Increased hormone levels during pregnancy can factor into bleeding gum issues. Gingivitis is very common during and after pregnancy due to hormone levels being at their highest. Gum disease during pregnancy can cause premature birth, making it imperative to seek treatment.
If you have noticed your gums bleeding more readily, or frequently, it is important for you to be evaluated. Make an appointment with Dr. Bartruff in Fort Walton Beach, FL today.