Any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding gums, gum recession, and bad breath must be taken seriously. Dr. Ronald Rice may recommend treatment with the Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) if you have moderate to severe periodontal disease. This targeted laser treatment works to eradicate the infection in your mouth and heal your gums. If you have bleeding gums, you should set up an appointment with Dr. Rice for an oral evaluation as soon as possible.
Here are some of the most common causes of bleeding gums:
If you are not brushing and flossing regularly, you can increase your chances of developing gum disease. As plaque builds up and turns into tartar, bacteria are able to grow and thrive. Bacteria in your mouth can make your gums swollen and inflamed, and this can result in gums that bleed every time you brush or floss. Bleeding gums are just one of the early signs of gum disease. This stage of the disease, known as gingivitis, can be reversed with early treatment and a proper home care regimen.
If the early stage of gum disease is left untreated and develops into periodontitis, you may be at risk for losing bone and teeth. Even though there is no cure for periodontal disease at this time, it can be controlled with periodontal therapy, professional maintenance cleanings, and maintaining a diligent home care routine. You will also need to come in for periodic screenings to detect the presence of periodontal disease.
Some medications have blood thinning properties and can increase your risk of bleeding gums. If you are taking any type of blood thinner, aspirin, NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), birth control pills, or blood pressure medication, you may experience bleeding gums. Please inform Dr. Rice of all medications that you are taking during your consultation.
Fluctuating hormone levels during pregnancy can make your gums more tender and prone to bleeding. Pregnancy gingivitis can occur during and right after pregnancy when hormone levels are at their highest. This is why it is so important for pregnant women to undergo regular dental cleanings and stick with a home care regimen. Periodontal disease has been linked to premature delivery and low birth weight babies.
If you have bleeding gums, are showing other signs of gum disease, or are in need of a Burley, ID dentist, schedule your consultation with Dr. Rice today!