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Bleeding Gums

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?

Sore and painful gums should not be ignored. If you have bleeding gums, set up an appointment for an oral evaluation with your doctor as soon as possible. 

Here is a closer look at some common causes of bleeding gums: 

  • Gum Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

You May Have Gum Disease

Bleeding Gums

Bleeding gums can occur for various reasons. If you have bleeding gums, Dr. James Matia is a periodontist in Wooster, OH who can determine whether or not gum disease is to blame. Bleeding gums often look red and inflamed and they may feel sore. These are common symptoms of gum disease that you do not want to ignore.

Gum Disease and Bleeding Gums

Too much harmful bacteria in the mouth, often a result of poor oral hygiene, can infect and inflame the oral tissues and cause them to bleed. Bleeding gums may also be an indication of gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, which is why visiting Dr. Matia for regular exams is important. Treating it early and practicing better oral hygiene will help to prevent the problem from getting worse. Otherwise, you could risk developing periodontitis, which is a more serious stage of gum disease that destroys bone and can lead to tooth loss. Laser gum surgery and meticulous homecare can help to manage periodontitis.

Medication and Bleeding Gums

If you have bleeding gums and take medication, be sure to tell Dr. Matia. Sometimes medicine can make the blood thinner and cause bleeding gums, especially blood thinning prescription medications, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), blood pressure medications, birth control pills, and even over the counter medications like aspirin.

Pregnancy and Bleeding Gums

Women who become pregnant may experience bleeding gums due to an increase in hormone levels, which can make gum tissues more tender and prone to bleeding. Gingivitis is also common among pregnant women, making good oral hygiene even more important so that it does not get worse. Research shows that women with periodontal disease who are pregnant are more likely to deliver prematurely and have low birth weight babies.

Do not ignore bleeding gums. Dr. Matia is a leading periodontist in Wooster, OH who can help determine the cause and suggest proper treatment. Call us today for your consultation.

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