What to Know About Bleeding Gums
- Posted on: Aug 15 2017
Bleeding gums may be attractive to your vampire friends, but otherwise, they are typically indicative of an underlying dental condition. If you have started to notice that your gums are bleeding more frequently— typically after you brush your teeth— you may be suffering from a variety of conditions including gingivitis or hormone changes. To help you better understand the root of this condition, read on to learn more.
As one of the most common dental conditions that we see our patients for, gingivitis is often the culprit of bleeding gums. Gingivitis is an oral disease that is caused by bad oral hygiene. When too much plaque builds up on the teeth, and around the gum line, it can cause gingivitis to form. Patients who have gingivitis suffer from symptoms such as red, tender, swollen gums, that bleed easily. Depending on how severe your gingivitis is, our dentists at Baltimore Periodontics may perform an in-depth cleaning to get rid of the plaque, or if it is more severe, they may recommend a procedure such as gum grafting.
We only perform gum grafting on patients whose gingivitis is so bad that their gums have started to recede. Typically, during this surgical procedure, your periodontist will remove some of the tissues from the roof of your mouth and will then surgically implant then on your gum line. Once they are grafted, your gum line will heal around the new tissues— making a more cohesive gumline in the process.
If you are pregnant, nursing, or going through menopause, you may notice an increasing amount of mouth bleeding. And although you may be alarmed, this is a very normal part of any hormonal change. Fortunately, the bleeding should subside after your baby is born, you are done breastfeeding, or after you go through menopause. If you are concerned by the amount of oral bleeding, contact our office for an examination.
Gum bleeding can be caused by something as little as stress to something as substantial as gingivitis. To learn more about these conditions or to schedule an examination, contact Baltimore Periodontics today!
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