Bleeding gums is one of the various symptoms of gum disease and should not be taken lightly. Your oral health plays an important role in your overall health and any signs of gum disease, or changes in your mouth, should be taken seriously. If you are experiencing bleeding gums or any other gum disease symptoms, contact Dr. Matthew McRae Jr. in Athens, GA as soon as possible for an oral evaluation.
Below are some common causes of bleeding gums:
• Gum Disease
Neglecting a good, daily oral hygiene routine allows bacteria in your mouth to growth and spread. The bacteria can cause inflammation of the gums leading to bleeding gums, swollen gums, and redness. Bleeding gums from this cause are often a sign of the first stage of gum disease, gingivitis.
Gingivitis left untreated can progress to periodontitis which can cause bone and tooth loss. While there is no cure for periodontitis, it can be managed through treatment, maintenance cleanings, and good home care. If treated early, your gingivitis may not progress to this stage. Screenings for gum disease by Dr. McRae are an important part of your exam to catch and treat this condition early.
There are a number of medications that may be the cause of your bleeding gums. Medications that can make your gums bleed include aspirin, blood thinners, NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), birth control pills, and some blood pressure medications.
Pregnancy is known to cause gums to bleed more readily. This is due to the increased hormone levels in the body. Gingivitis is common during pregnancy and immediately following when hormone levels are at their highest. Regular cleanings are particularly important during pregnancy to prevent progression of the disease. Women with periodontal disease are more likely to deliver prematurely and have low birth weight babies.
The symptoms of gum disease should never be ignored. If you have noticed bleeding gums, or any other symptoms of gum disease, call the office of Dr. McRae in Athens, GA today to schedule your evaluation.
Dr. Matthew McRae, Jr. specializes in beautifying smiles and helping you improve your overall appearance. His experienced and friendly Athens, GA staff takes great pride in keeping your smile beautiful. Our promise to you is that the crowns, bridges and veneers we create will look as good as or better than the teeth nature gave you. And to make sure we keep that promise, the products we recommend and use are the highest quality and incredibly durable.
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