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Bleeding Gums

Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?

Sore and painful gums should not be ignored. If you have bleeding gums, set up an appointment for an oral evaluation with your doctor as soon as possible. 

Here is a closer look at some common causes of bleeding gums: 

  • Bone & Gum Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

Bleeding Gums in Arlington, TX

Many people believe that their gums bleed because they have flossed their teeth too vigorously, thus cutting their gums. However, bleeding and swollen or puffy gums can be caused by factors far more serious. Arlington Periodontics provides patients with treatment for bleeding gums in Arlington, TX.

Failing to practice good, effective, daily oral hygiene habits can cause bleeding and swollen gums. Routine brushing, flossing, and rinsing with a disease controlling mouthwash are vital to keep bacteria from overgrowing and causing infection. Brushing too aggressively can also be harmful. Ask our doctor, our surgical assistant, or our hygienist about proper tooth brushing and flossing techniques.

Swollen gums that bleed are usually a sign of infection. The health of your mouth is directly linked to the health of your body, and bleeding gums are a symptom of a deeper health issue that should not be ignored. A common cause of bleeding gums is gum disease, or periodontal (bone) diseases. Periodontal diseases are caused by oral bacteria that can damage the gum tissue and jaw bone. It is an active infection that can also complicate more serious health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and some forms of cancer. Arlington Periodontics specializes in diagnosing and treating periodontal issues. If you think you have periodontal disease, you should seek treatment immediately.

Hormonal shifts, such as during pregnancy and menopause, can also cause bleeding gums. Many women suffer from bleeding and swollen gums, specifically during pregnancy. It is very important to practice good oral hygiene during this time as well as continue to receive regular dental cleanings.

Some medications, like aspirin and NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), have blood thinning effects and can increase the occurrence of bleeding gums. Be sure to inform your doctor of any medications you are currently taking.

Do not ignore bleeding gums. Take control of your oral and overall health by seeking treatment for swollen gums or any sign of bone and gum disease. Call Arlington Periodontics in Arlington, TX to make your appointment today!