Your oral health has an impact on your overall health so any signs of a gum infection or bleeding gums need to be addressed as soon as possible. Here are some of the causes of bleeding gums:
Gingivitis and Periodontitis
Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease but can be reversed with appropriate treatment. If it is left untreated, a gum infection can progress to periodontitis which may lead to bone loss and tooth loss. Since there is no cure for periodontal disease, you will need to come in for regular maintenance cleanings, undergo laser gum surgery if necessary, and maintain a proper home care regimen.
Certain types of medications have blood thinning properties which can increase the chances of bleeding gums. If you are taking aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control pills, or blood pressure medication, you may increase your risk of developing bleeding gums. Make sure to share any types of medications that you are taking with Dr. Huamán and Dr. Flores during your consultation.
Changing hormone levels during pregnancy can make the gums bleed more readily when you are brushing and flossing your teeth. In some cases, your gums can bleed spontaneously. Pregnancy related gingivitis is a common condition, which is why it is so important to maintain a good home care regimen.
If you are noticing the signs of gingivitis or are dealing with bleeding gums, set up a consultation in San Diego, CA with Drs. Huaman and Flores as soon as possible. Dr. Huamán and Dr. Flores can create a personalized treatment plan that will address any active gum infection in the mouth and restore your oral health.