Have you noticed your gums bleeding? Bleeding gums are not normal, and if you experience bleeding gums on a regular basis, you should seek help from a dentist as soon as possible. Atlanta, GA Buckhead Dental Care dentist Dr. Deborah King offers comprehensive diagnosis and treatment for gum health.
What Causes Bleeding Gums?
- Periodontal Disease
Bleeding, inflamed, or irritated gums can be a result of plaque build up that often leads to the bacterial infection of the gums, or, periodontal disease. If your gums are bleeding regularly, there is a good chance you may have periodontal disease. A progressive disease, there are many stages of periodontal disease, and if caught early can be treated conservatively. Untreated, periodontal disease can lead to chronic halitosis, tooth loss, and even bone deterioration. There are recent studies that show a relation between gum disease and systemic health concerns such as heart attack, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.
Women who are pregnant experience a shift in hormones. The increased levels of estrogen can cause the gums to become sensitive and more prone to bleeding. Many pregnant women experience pregnancy gingivitis, an early and treatable stage of gum disease. Be sure to schedule regular dental visits during your pregnancy to check for any signs of developing gum disease.
- Brushing Too Hard
Brushing should be a gentle massage for the teeth and gums. There is no reason to scrub vigorously while brushing or flossing. Be gentle with your gums, and they should not bleed. If your gums bleed if you flossed too hard, you most likely have nothing to worry about. Biannual visits to our Atlanta dentist office can help keep your gums and teeth clean and healthy.
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Bleeding gums can be a sign of a serious dental and medical health condition called periodontal disease. If your gums bleed frequently, it is essential to seek medical attention to prevent further damage to your oral health. Be sure to visit our Atlanta dentist office at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and oral health exam. Dr. King is a highly trained and experienced in cosmetic, restorative and general dentistry for your total oral health. Contact our office or schedule a visit with our online application.