Bleeding gums is one of the signs of gum disease. It is also a sign of an active infection, leaving your gums inflamed and affecting the rest of your body. Your oral health plays an important role in your overall health, and signs of gum disease or active infections should be taken seriously. Pain, soreness, or bleeding in your gums are a major concern and should be evaluated by a dental professional. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, set up an appointment with Dr. Richard Amato as soon as possible. There are gentle options available for periodontal therapy in Monroe, CT.
Bleeding gums can be a result of not practicing good oral hygiene. The ineffective daily cleaning can facilitate the growth of bacteria in your mouth, causing inflammation of the gums. The inflammation can cause bleeding, swelling, and redness of your gum tissues. Often, this is a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. The effects from the early stages of gum disease can be reversed with treatment.
Gingivitis left untreated can progress into periodontitis, a condition with greater implications to your health. Periodontitis is characterized by bone loss and potentially tooth loss. There is no cure for periodontal disease, however there are many treatment options available including periodontal therapy, maintenance cleanings, and consistent homecare. A periodontal screening for gum disease is an important element in a dental exam to detect the presence of the disease.
Medications may also be the cause of your bleeding gums. Medications that may thin your blood, leading to bleeding gums include: aspirin, blood thinners, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), birth control pills, and some blood pressure medications. It is important to inform Dr. Amato of any current medical conditions or medications that you are taking, particularly if your gums are bleeding.
Pregnancy can also be a culprit in bleeding gums. The increased hormone levels may cause the gums to bleed more readily when flossing, brushing, eating, or even spontaneously. Pregnancy gingivitis is a common condition, usually occurring during or right after pregnancy. Take care to practice diligent oral hygiene and maintain regular dental cleanings during pregnancy. This is particularly important because pregnant patients with periodontal disease are more likely to deliver prematurely and have low birth weight babies.
If you notice your gums bleeding, set up a consultation with Dr. Amato. He can determine if your bleeding gums are a symptom of a larger problem such as gum disease, and recommend a treatment plan designed to fit your individual health needs.
For more information on treatment plans including gum surgery in Fairfield County, CT, call Dr. Amato today!