Bleeding gums are a problem faced by virtually everyone at some point and is not always a cause for concern. However, when it is, the concern can be great, so it is a good idea to seek a dental opinion about this symptom. Be sure to watch out for blood along the gum line so problems can be caught early.
Gum disease is a leading cause of bleeding gums and can lead to spaces between the teeth and tooth loss. Other diseases that can lead to bleeding gums are bleeding disorders, diabetes, scurvy and leukemia. Temporary conditions, such as pregnancy, can also lead to bleeding gums.
Treatment of bleeding gums depends on the cause. However, in all cases, regular brushing and flossing is indicated. Fluoride toothpaste and dental rinses help as well. Other treatments will involve treatment of the underlying cause. For example, a patient with leukemia will see improvement when the disease improves. It is up to a patient’s medical team to assess the situation and take measures to manage symptoms.
Preventing bleeding gums does not just include dental hygiene. Preventing diabetes with a healthy diet, getting plenty of vitamins to prevent deficiencies and seeing a doctor regularly to prevent diseases from advancing are just a few ways that overall health care can benefit the gums. Nonetheless, the best prevention for gum disease related bleeding is dental hygiene. This means brushing, flossing and regular cleanings.
Visit a Dentist
If you notice that your gums are bleeding by tasting blood, seeing it when you are brushing your teeth or seeing it when you are flossing, you should go to the dentist as soon as possible. While you may have just injured your gums while cleaning your teeth, you may also have an underlying condition that is best left to a dentist to diagnose.
Dr. Roger Paul and Dr. Scott Anderson are proud to serve the dental needs of the Peoria, Illinois area. Please call the Peoria Dentist office at (309) 682-0770 if you have questions or concerns about bleeding gums or to schedule an exam.
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