Do Your Gums Bleed Easily?
If you have swollen gums and find that your gums bleed easily when brushing or flossing, you need to come in for an appointment with Dr. Joe Wilbanks as soon as possible. Some of the common causes of bleeding gums include:
- Gum disease
- Side effects of medications
Your oral health is linked to your overall health so any symptoms of gum disease must be taken seriously. Bleeding gums are just one of the symptoms of gum disease and typically occur when the gums have become infected or inflamed. Swollen gums should not be ignored and you must set up an oral evaluation with Dr. Wilbanks as soon as you detect any oral health issues.
What are some common causes of bleeding gums?
Some of the common causes of bleeding gums include:
Gum Disease – If you are neglecting to brush and floss your teeth regularly, you may experience bleeding and swollen gums. While this condition is a sign of gum disease, the early effects of this problem can be reversed. If left untreated, you are at risk for significant bone and tooth loss.
Medications – If you are taking medications such as those for high blood pressure, pain relievers, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, aspirin, or birth control pills, your gums may be tender and prone to bleeding. Please let us know of all medications you are currently taking.
Pregnancy – Changing hormone levels can impact the gums and make them bleed more readily. Ensuring that women come in for professional teeth cleanings on schedule and sticking to a home care regimen while pregnant is essential for warding off gum disease that could have a negative effect on the delivery and birth weight of the child.
Bleeding gum tissues should always be evaluated.
Do You Have Swollen Gums? Schedule Your Consultation Today!
For more information about treatment options for bleeding and swollen gums, schedule your consultation with Dr. Wilbanks in Toccoa, GA today!