Bleeding Gums

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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?

When gum tissue becomes irritated and starts to bleed, it creates a way for bacteria to enter the bloodstream and travel to other areas of the body. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, contact Dr. Jean-Claude Kharmouche, Dr. Justin Hardison, and Dr. Fadi Hasan as soon as possible.

Causes of bleeding gums can include:

  • Medications
  • Hormones
  • Gingivitis

Bleeding Gums Causes

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Medications

There are certain medications that you may be taking that can thin your blood and increase the chances of bleeding gums. Some of these include aspirin, anti-inflammatories, blood pressure medications, and birth control, among others. It is important that you inform Dr. Kharmouche of any medications you are taking so that we can properly diagnose and treat the cause of your bleeding gums.

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Hormones

Most women will experience huge increases in their hormone levels during and after pregnancy. This means that the chances of experiencing gingivitis and bleeding gums are much greater than usual. Since gum disease can also harm the child as well as the mother, it is important to visit Dr. Kharmouche at regular intervals during this time. This will help to prevent the spread of infection and ensure a healthy pregnancy.

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Gingivitis and Periodontal Disease

Bleeding gums are one of the earliest and most common effects of gingivitis. If you are experiencing bleeding gums when brushing or flossing, there is a good chance that it is due to some form of gum disease. If you are also noticing swollen, red tissue and constant bad breath, you should visit Dr. Kharmouche as soon as possible. Gingivitis is easily treated and any damage can be reversed. However, if left untreated, it can quickly grow and spread to deeper tissue levels where it becomes harder to treat. Once this occurs, the condition is known as periodontal disease, or periodontitis.

Bleeding gum tissues may be a common symptom, but is never a normal condition. To learn more about the different causes and treatments for gingivitis & bleeding gums, contact the NOVA Perio Specialists and schedule your consultation today!

Other Causes of Bleeding Gums

The health of your mouth plays a role in the health of your entire body, so any signs of gum disease need to be taken seriously. Bleeding gums are one of the symptoms of gum disease and can be a sign that your gums have become inflamed or infected.

  • Brushing Too Hard
  • Hormonal Changes During Pregnancy
  • Ill-Fitting Dentures
  • Improper Flossing
  • Infection - Either Tooth or Gum Related
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Don’t ignore bleeding gums.

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