Bleeding gums may seem like an insignificant thing, but can be a clear warning sign of periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because our gums are directly attached to our bloodstream, infections like periodontal disease have direct access to the rest of our bodies. The health of your mouth directly affects your overall health. If you have bleeding gums or any of the other gum disease symptoms listed below, contact Dr. Frank P. Bruno today for immediate treatment.
Other gum disease symptoms include:
• bad breath
• loose teeth
• gum recession
• swollen or red gums
Additional Reasons for Bleeding Gums
In most cases, bleeding gums signify the onset of gingivitis, the first stage of periodontal disease, and the only reversible one. If you have bleeding gums and have been cleared of the possibility of having gum disease, you may be pregnant or taking a medicine that thins the blood.
With the tremendous increase of hormones during pregnancy, most women have more sensitive gums that are more likely to bleed when flossing, brushing, eating, or just because. Even though your gums may be bleeding due to pregnancy, you should still have your mouth examined because women also tend to produce more saliva when they are pregnant, which produces more plaque. The increased amount of plaque makes maintaining a healthy mouth, a challenge. During pregnancy, more frequent dental cleaning visits are highly recommended to ward off gum disease. Sadly, many women who have periodontal disease, give birth to children who or premature or underweight.
Medication that thins the blood, like aspirin or most common blood pressure medications, make gums more susceptible to bleeding. Even if you take these types of medications, it is still important to have your mouth checked for periodontal disease.