Common Causes of Bleeding Gums
Bleeding gums are unsightly, but they can also be signs of a more serious problem. Our dentist in Northridge recommends taking immediate steps to correct bleeding gums to reduce the risk of future dental health problems.
Causes of gum disease include:
• Gingivitis - The earliest stage of periodontal disease, gingivitis is best treated early. Treatment may include a professional cleaning and improved at-home dental hygiene. Our dentist may recommend other treatments if necessary to control the infection.
• Nutritional deficiencies - A deficiency of vitamin C or vitamin K can lead to inflamed, bleeding gums. A balanced diet and vitamin supplementation when necessary can help reduce the risk of bleeding gums due to deficiencies.
• Improper brushing techniques - Brushing too hard or using a hard-bristled brush can create abrasions in the gums and wear away enamel. Use a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste to reduce the risk of injury.
• Hormonal changes - Women who are pregnant, menstruating or in menopause experience hormonal changes that leave them more vulnerable to bleeding. Teen girls who are going through puberty are also at an increased risk.
• Medications - Blood thinners, heparin therapy, radiation therapy and other medications can irritate gums and leave them prone to bleeding. Changing medications or taking other preventative steps may help.
Most often, bleeding gums can be prevented with excellent dental hygiene and a well-rounded diet. Regular dental checkups can help catch early signs of disease and remove irritating plaque and tartar buildup.
Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our dentist.
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