Bleeding Gums in Matthews, NC
*According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/oralhealth/periodontal_disease/
Swollen and Bleeding Gums in Matthews, NC
The state of your oral health can have a positive or negative impact on your overall health, so any signs of gum disease need to be addressed as early as possible. If your gums have become infected or you notice that they are red and inflamed, you may have an active infection in the mouth that should be evaluated. Painful, swollen gums should not be ignored!
Some of the common causes of bleeding and swollen gums include:
- Gum Disease
If you neglect to brush and floss your teeth regularly, you may accumulate plaque and bacteria that cause your gums to bleed and turn red. The early stage of gum disease (gingivitis) can be reversed. However, once it progresses to the stage of periodontitis, you may need laser gum disease treatment, periodontal therapy, and/or maintenance cleanings to keep the infection at bay.
- Medication Side Effects
Some medications can cause bleeding gums. Make sure to share all medications you are taking with Dr. Green, including blood thinners, aspirin, birth control pills, blood pressure medications, and NSAIDs.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can make your gums bleed when flossing and brushing your teeth. It is even more important for pregnant women to take care of their oral health because periodontal disease can cause problems such as preterm labor and low birth weight babies.