Why Are My Gums Bleeding?

Cosmetic_DentistryWhile much attention is given in cosmetic dentistry to improving the appearance and function of the teeth, healthy gums are essential to supporting the structure of your teeth and jaw.

More than 75 percent of adults over the age of 35 experience some form of gum disease.

Many experience gingivitis, the milder form, which can often be treated by improving one’s dental self-care routine and receiving treatment from one’s dentist or dental hygienist. However, if gingivitis is left untreated, this condition can progress to periodontitis, a gum infection that involves the ligaments and bones that support the teeth and often require surgery to resolve.

Bleeding gums, even if you aren’t feeling any pain, often signal that gum disease is occurring. It is a symptom you should never ignore. “Bleeding gums do not occur regularly in a healthy mouth,” says Dr. Carol Ford, who practices cosmetic dentistry in Phoenix. “It’s essential to have your dentist determine the source of the bleeding and recommend a course of treatment.”

There are many factors that can increase the likelihood of bleeding gums, including:

  • Poor dental habits, tools or techniques, which lead to a build-up of plaque
  • Inadequate nutrition
  • Systemic health conditions such as diabetes
  • Taking certain medications, such anti-depressants or those used to treat heart disease
  • Smoking
  • Stress

You can take steps on your own to improve the health of your gums, such as supplementing with vitamins C and D, taking the anti-oxidant coenzyme Q10, brushing with a commercially produced toothpaste that contains tea tree oil, or drinking a few ounces per day of unsweetened cranberry juice. But if your gums are bleeding – even if they don’t hurt – make an appointment with your cosmetic dentistry professional today. He or she will help diagnose the causes of your bleeding gums and help you get on the road to recovery.

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