Bleeding gums may not seem like a troubling symptom to you but it is often the sign of an underlying issue that should be immediately addressed by a periodontal professional. Dr. Thomas A. Bissell can determine the cause of your condition and provide comprehensive treatment options to fix bleeding gums.
Why Are My Gums Bleeding?
Gums do not normally bleed. This can be the result of periodontal disease, systemic health changes, or even a side effect caused by a prescription medication. Bleeding gums can also occur as a result of hormonal changes, such as with pregnancy. Why are my gums bleeding during pregnancy? Hormonal changes can often contribute to changes in the gum tissues, and those changes experienced while carrying a child can create gingivitis where there was no previous indication. Unfortunately, gum disease has been linked to low birth weights and premature delivery.
Treatments to Fix Bleeding Gums
If your bleeding gums are due to periodontal disease, it is possible that you are experiencing additional symptoms, such as bad breath, inflammation and redness of the gum tissue, or gum recession. In this case, Dr. Bissell may recommend a treatment to fix bleeding gums:
• Antibiotic therapy
• Scaling and root planing
• Traditional gum surgery
• Laser gum surgery, also called the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®)
Why Are My Gums Bleeding and What Can I Do to Fix Bleeding Gums?
Schedule a check up with Dr. Bissell to rule out a medical concern first. Then resolve to brush a minimum of twice daily and floss at least once a day. Scheduling regular appointments for dental checkups can help you to maintain the health of your gums. Also, if you smoke or chew tobacco, stop. This habit can be damaging to your gum tissue and total health. In addition, eat a well balanced diet to ensure gum and overall health. The health of your mouth is a reflection of the health of your body.