Understanding and Treating the Causes of Bleeding Gums

Image of woman with aching toothIf your gums are sore or painful, you should not ignore these symptoms of gum disease. Set up an appointment with Dr. David Sutton as soon as possible so that he can evaluate and treat your bleeding gums at his Newport, TN, office. 

Some of the primary causes of bleeding gums include:

  • Gum Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

Other Causes of Bleeding Gums

Maintaining optimal oral health is important for your overall health and well-being. Bleeding gums are one of the many symptoms of gum disease and should not be ignored. They are a sign that your gums have become infected or inflamed.

Other causes of bleeding gums include:

  • Hormonal Fluctuations
  • Poorly Fitting Dentures
  • Tooth or Gum Infection

Bleeding Gums in Sevierville and East Tennessee

Maintaining good oral health is essential to your general health. If you are noticing any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums or swollen gums, you must come in for an oral evaluation as soon as possible. Here are some of the causes of bleeding gums:

Gum Disease

If you are not practicing proper oral hygiene, bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums and trigger bleeding. Your gums may also become swollen, puffy, and red. The early stage of gum disease, or gingivitis, can be reversed with proper treatment and a diligent home care regimen. If left untreated, however, bacteria can break down the gum tissue and eventually cause tooth loss. While there is no cure for periodontal disease, it can be treated with periodontal therapy, regular maintenance cleanings, and a good home care regimen. Dr. Sutton will recommend periodic screenings for gum disease as part of your dental exam.

Medications

If you take certain types of medications regularly, you may be at a higher risk of developing bleeding gums. Blood pressure medication, aspirin, blood thinners, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs can make the gums bleed. Dr. Sutton will need to know about any and all medications you are taking before treatment.

Pregnancy

Since hormone levels fluctuate during pregnancy, pregnancy gingivitis is quite common. Your gums might bleed when you are flossing and brushing, or even spontaneously due to hormones. Sticking with a regular cleaning regimen and home care routine will help to reduce the risk of periodontal disease and prevent bleeding gums during pregnancy.

Bleeding gums should always be evaluated to rule out a more serious condition. For more information about bleeding gums in Sevierville and East Tennessee and gum disease treatment options, set up your consultation with Dr. Sutton today!