Why Are My Gums Bleeding? It Could Be Periodontal Disease

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Do you frequently notice bloody gums when you brush or floss your teeth? Or, do find that your gums bleed at random times throughout the day? If the answer is yes, pay attention. Bleeding gums are most frequently caused by periodontal disease in Belmont, which can have serious effects on your overall health. Below, find out more about bleeding gums, periodontal disease, and how to find treatment ASAP. 

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

There is no single cause of bleeding gums. Some of the factors that can lead to this condition include the following:

  • Gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease, when inflammation causes the gums to become red, inflamed, and bleed when you brush and floss
  • Poor oral hygiene, which leads to gingivitis/gum disease
  • Medications thinning the blood can result in bleeding gums 
  • Missing some days flossing may cause the gums to bleed for a day or two as you get back into the routine
  • Smoking and tobacco use can increase your risk for gum disease and thereby cause bleeding gums
  • Uncontrolled diabetes puts you at a higher risk to develop gum disease and bleeding gums.

Treatment for Bleeding Gums

Partnering with your dentist can help to ensure that you receive prompt treatment for bleeding gums. During a checkup and cleaning, your dentist or hygienist may notice that you have the first warning signs of gum disease and provide preventive treatment and tips on how to clean your teeth better at home. 

After the disease has progressed, one of the following treatments may be recommended:

  • Scaling and root planing: A method of cleaning above and below the gum line, removing bacteria and smoothing out the tooth’s root to prevent reinfection
  • Surgical treatment: In the more advanced cases of gum disease, your periodontist may recommend periodontal surgery to decrease periodontal pockets and regenerate lost bone.

No matter what your periodontist recommends for you, the important thing is seeking treatment for bleeding gums. Periodontal disease can wreak havoc on overall health — so don’t delay in visiting your dentist at the first sign of bleeding. 

Meet the Periodontist

Dr. Alexander Schrott is a periodontist with extensive experience in the field. He provides a wide range of periodontal services, including treatment for bleeding gums, from his state-of-the-art office. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to get in touch by calling your periodontist in Belmont at (617) 484-9240 today