What It Means When the Gums Bleed

What It Means When the Gums Bleed

Bleeding gums affect more than half of Americans over the age of thirty-five. The most common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease. However, other factors can also play a role in their onset. Dr. Frame can examine your teeth and gums to determine the cause of the bleeding and recommend treatment to restore your health.

Common causes of bleeding gums include:

• Gum disease
• Excessive plaque and tartar buildup at the gum line
• Aggressive brushing or flossing
• Bleeding disorders
• Pregnancy or hormonal changes
• Tooth or gum infection
• Blood thinner use
• Ill-fitting dentures

A professional cleaning followed by improved dental hygiene is often all that is needed to resolve bleeding gums. Brush after each meal, using gentle strokes and a soft-bristled toothbrush. You may also need to finish with an antimicrobial mouthwash to combat oral bacteria. Floss daily to remove plaque from between your teeth. Eat a balanced diet to ensure your gums are getting all the nutrients they need. Dentures or other oral appliances might also need to be adjusted to relieve pressure.

Without proper gum disease treatment, gum infections can progress to the supporting structures of your teeth. This can lead to bone and gum loss, and over time, you could even lose your teeth. The early stages of gum disease are reversible, but once you have suffered permanent damage, your treatment options are limited. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with Dr. Frame.

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