Bleeding gums are one of the warning signs that your gums are inflamed or have an infection. You should not ignore symptoms like swollen gums, bad breath, or loose teeth. Here are some of the common causes of bleeding gums:
If you neglect your oral health, you may have bacteria in the mouth that causes inflammation of the gum tissues. Bleeding gums are one of the warning signs of gum disease but the early stages of this condition can be reversed with a proper oral care regimen. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontitis which in turn often results in tooth loss. We may recommend periodontal therapy, regular maintenance cleanings, and a home care regimen to improve your oral health.
Some medications increase the risk of bleeding gums, such as aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, birth control pills, and high blood pressure medications. Please share all medical history information with us during your consultation.
Fluctuating hormone levels throughout your pregnancy can make the gums tender and increase the risk of bleeding when flossing, brushing, and eating. Regular dental cleanings are essential throughout pregnancy because we need to do whatever we can to reduce the risk of periodontal disease.
Bleeding of the gum tissues is never normal. If you have bleeding or swollen gums, or think you may have an oral infection in Arkansas, schedule an appointment with Dr. Osborne, Dr. Curry, or Dr. Shelton as soon as possible.