Potential causes for bleeding gums

Catonsville, MD area patients who are struggling with bleeding gums when they brush or floss may wonder what is causing this problem. Many will find that there are a variety of reasons why the gums may bleed, so visiting a dentist who has the ability to diagnose certain conditions is extremely beneficial. At Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants, our providers have ways to provide a definitive diagnosis and effective treatment options.

Reasons why the gums may bleed:

  • Brushing too hard. Pay close attention to how aggressively you are brushing your teeth and gums, as many patients can cause damage and irritation to the gum tissue by applying too much pressure. Patients should use a soft-bristled toothbrush and use with minimal pressure to effective clean the teeth and gums.
  • Not flossing. Flossing is just as important as brushing the teeth every day, as flossing can remove food particles from between the teeth that can contribute to the formation of gum disease and tooth decay. Flossing can toughen up the gums, so it is a good idea to floss daily, typically at night, to reduce bleeding.
  • Changing hormones. Any time a patient is experiencing a shift in hormones, they may notice swelling and bleeding gums. Fluctuations in hormones often occur during puberty, pregnancy, menopause, and monthly menstruation.
  • Medications. Some medications are known for causing bleeding gums as a side effect, such as blood thinners. Working with your doctor to find a medication that works with less side effects is ideal in achieving healthier-looking gums.
  • Periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is an infection that can take over the oral health of the smile and cause bleeding, swelling gums. If diagnosed early, most patients can effectively address the problem before it becomes more serious—and damaging—to the smile.

Request a visit with the team at Baltimore Periodontics, Lasers, and Dental Implants

If you are interested in speaking with our professionals about the benefits of taking care of the smile, or are struggling with bleeding gums, it is time to book a consultation appointment with Dr. Ari Moskowitz and his team. Call (410) 744-6088 to request a visit at 6400 Baltimore National Pike, Ste. #200B. Dr. Ari Moskowitz is a board-certified periodontist who can assist new and current patients with a wide range of dental concerns.

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