Do You Have Bleeding Gums?

Do you have bleeding gums?

It’s never a great sign when blood is present. For our teeth and gums, this is no different. If you notice blood after performing your daily oral care duties such as brushing and flossing, then you may have a deeper issue. We’ll help you discern the different possibilities that bleeding gums may be indicative of.

Bleeding Gums Causes

Gum Disease

Now, before you panic, gum disease is a lot more common than you think. It also happens to be a disease that can be easily addressed with the right treatment and follow up at home.

Gingivitis is a form of gum disease. It is actually the earliest form of gum disease and the main symptom is of course… bleeding gums. During this period, the damage can be easily reversed. Provided you follow up with your doctor and stay on top of your oral hygiene habits.

Too Rough

A common occurrence is improper brushing and flossing technique; specifically, brushing or flossing too hard. Our gums are sensitive. When we apply too much pressure to them with floss or a toothbrush, they will respond by producing blood. This doesn’t mean you have gum disease, it just means you need to be more gentle.

Pro tip: Replace your toothbrush often to avoid hard bristles, which would also cause your gums to bleed.

Medication

Sometimes, bleeding gums has nothing to do with gum disease or oral care technique, but rather medications that you may be taking. Blood thinner medication almost always results in bleeding gums. Consult with your doctor if it starts to become worrisome.

Pregnancy

For pregnant mothers, bleeding gums may be a symptom due to the hormonal changes that take place during this time. This is called “pregnancy gingivitis”. The good news is that once pregnancy is over, the problem should correct itself.

 

Addressing the Cause

Once you’ve determined the cause, the treatment becomes clear. We wouldn’t classify bleeding gums as an alarming issue, but it most certainly is an issue that should be addressed sooner than later. It’s equally as important to visit your dentist twice a year for best hygiene results.

Recent Studies Suggest Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

A recent study involving mice has found a possible link between gum disease and heart disease.
 
gum diseaseSome background on the subject matter: the mice were carefully manipulated by carrying 4 kinds of infectious bacteria that are known to cause gum disease. After given the bacteria, the mice were heavily scrutinized for any alarming symptoms of heart disease including inflammation and increases in cholesterol levels. Both inflammation and increases in cholesterol were reported in the findings.
 
The American Heart Association warns people not to jump so fast to conclusions as there hasn’t been any definitive evidence proving a link between gum disease and heart disease. As of now, evidence only suggests a causal relationship between the two.
 

Preventing Gum Disease

 
Here’s the most important takeaway, whether gum disease causes heart disease or not: you should always go the extra mile in keeping your oral health in great shape, as you would with any other part of your body when you decide to workout. In a very basic sense: brushing and flossing is a workout for your mouth!
 
Gum disease has various stages of infection with gingivitis being the 1st stage, a stage that can be reversed. If the disease reaches your tooth, then gum disease treatment by an oral surgeon may be in check.
 
Gum disease is a highly preventable disease when you stay consistent on brushing your teeth in a proper manner, and of course flossing every day (pro tip: it’s best to floss at night after food has accumulated throughout the day). The final knockout punch in preventing gum disease is to visit your Woodland Hills dentist, or any dentist, for a professional cleaning that simply cannot be achieved in the confines of your home.