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Why Do Your Gums Bleed?


Posted on 6/6/2022 by Neil Starr DDS PC
Why Do Your Gums Bleed?Many of you experience bleeding gums at some point in your lives. It is estimated that around half of all adults have bleeding gums. While it is usually nothing to worry about, it can signify gum disease. Your mouth is a medium for chewing foods, making it a place for various bacteria. If oral health teeth are not appropriately maintained, bleeding gums can quickly occur. Here are the five common causes of bleeding gums and what you can do to prevent them.

Gingivitis


It is the medical term for inflammation of the gums. It is the first stage of periodontal disease and is characterized by gums that are red, swollen, and bleed easily. Gingivitis is a typical result of a build-up of plaque on your teeth. Plaque is a sticky layer formed by bacteria, food debris, and saliva. If it remains, this plaque can harden and turn into tartar which can only be removed by a dental professional. Gingivitis is usually reversible with good oral hygiene. It involves brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing regularly. Also, plan regular visits to the dentist for professional cleanings.

Smoking


It is one of the primary causes of gum disease. If you smoke, your risk for developing gum disease is much higher than someone who does not smoke. Smoking can make it harder to treat gum disease once it develops. If you notice that your gums are bleeding, it is essential to see a dentist as soon as possible. Your gums may bleed when brushing your teeth or flossing if you have this disease.

Medications And Hormones


Your gums may bleed more quickly if you are on blood thinners or medications that can cause abnormal bleeding. Fluctuations in estrogen levels during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause make them more sensitive. Our dental care team can help you determine the cause of your bleeding gums and develop a treatment plan. We may recommend more frequent cleanings, special mouth rinses, and other treatments if you have gum disease.


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