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What Causes Bleeding Gums?

January 19, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — Anna Bird @ 6:43 pm

why do your gums bleedGums that persistently bleed have a variety of causes, ranging from the simple overzealous teeth brushing to the more serious gum disease.

When your gums, or any part of your body bleeds, it is unnatural and is indicative of some sort of injury. In many cases the sight of bleeding is a cause for some alarm.

While only your Wichita dentist will be able to accurately diagnose the source of your bleeding gums, here are some of the more common causes of bleeding gums:

Canker Sores. These types of annoying, painful sores can happen anywhere in the mouth, including on the gums.  There is known cause of canker sores, but they are likely the results of bacterial or viral activity.

Canker sores may reappear, and they are not contagious.

Harsh Brushing. When it comes to proper brushing technique, harder and faster isn’t better. Overzealous brushing can scratch, and irritate the gums, by tearing the gums delicate soft tissue. The injury to the gums will cause them to bleed.

Harsh Flossing. Similar to going overboard with teeth brushing, flossing too rigorously can also damage and irritate gum tissue, leading to excessive bleeding of the gums.

Gum Disease. Besides a harsh dental hygiene regimen, gum disease is the most common cause of bleeding gums.

Many patients have gingivitis (the lowest level of gum disease) at one time or another. If gingivitis isn’t treated and reversed, it can progress into the more serious periodontal disease. Untreated periodontal disease can result in lost teeth and the destruction of the jaw bone.

Bleeding, swollen, sensitive, red gums can be an indication that the gingivitis has progressed into periodontal disease and needs treatment right away to prevent further damage to the gums and teeth.

The best treatment for your gum disease will depend on how sever it is and how large an area of gums are affected. At LakePoint Dental, our dentist in Wichita provide a variety of gum restoration services to our patients including: scaling and root planing, gingivectomy, osseous surgery, bone grafting, and gum grafting.

Chemotherapy.  Patients who have had cancer and underwent chemotherapy could have developed sores or ulcers on their gums which can make the gums swollen, sensitive and frequent bleeding.

Tobacco Use. Tobacco products include ingredients that are harmful for your body, including damaging the teeth and gums. Tobacco is linked to breathing problems, teeth discoloration and destruction to the soft tissues of the mouth, including the gums, tongue and inside of the cheeks. Tobacco use also increases one’s risk of getting throat and oral cancer.

The damage from tobacco use and the possible resulting oral cancer can produce bleeding gums.

Hormones. If you’re a woman, your hormones during menstruation, pregnancy or menopause can make your gums sensitive and easily bleed. Some women develop menstrual or pregnancy gingivitis (a low-level form of gum disease).

Bleeding gums are not normal and indicate a possible, serious oral dental health concern. While it may not be anything serious, we highly recommend you set up an appointment with us as soon as possible so we can help preserve your healthy, beautiful smile.

Contact us today and let our skilled and knowledgeable staff set you on a path of long-lasting dental health success.


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