Bleeding and inflamed gums are two of the earliest symptoms of gum disease. If you are suffering from these symptoms, it is recommended that you visit Dr. Coury Staadecker as soon as possible. However, it is also important to remember that there are other causes of bleeding gums in Newport Beach, CA as well. The causes of bleeding gums include:
- Gum disease
One of the earliest noticeable symptoms of gum disease is inflamed gums. This occurs when an accumulation of plaque and bacteria irritates the tissue and causes it to swell up in response. Inflamed gums are much more prone to bleeding and will often do so when brushing, flossing, or sometimes eating. If you are experiencing inflammation and bleeding along with bad breath or other symptoms of gum disease, we recommend visiting Dr. Staadecker as soon as possible. Untreated gum disease can quickly escalate and cause your gum tissue to bleed more frequently and severely.
Some commonly prescribed medications can have blood thinning properties that may increase the frequency and severity of bleeding gums. These include aspirin, blood thinners, birth control, anti-inflammatories, and blood pressure medication, among others. When you come in for your checkup, please make Dr. Staadecker aware of any medication you are currently taking so we can properly diagnose and treat your bleeding and inflamed gums.
During pregnancy, women often experience dramatic increases in their hormone levels. Because of these fluctuations, the risk of developing gum disease is much higher. This makes bleeding and inflamed gums more commonplace during and after pregnancy. Since gum disease has been linked to several instances of birth complications, it is highly recommended that you visit Dr. Staadecker as part of your prenatal care to minimize the risk of spreading bacteria through bleeding gum tissue.
Though common, the occurrence of bleeding gums should never be regarded as normal. For more information on how to treat bleeding gums in Newport Beach, CA, contact Dr. Staadecker and schedule your consultation today!