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Bleeding Gums

If Your Gums Bleed When You Brush, Floss or Eat You May Have Gum Disease

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Do Your Gums Bleed When You Brush or Floss?

Sore and painful gums should not be ignored. If you have bleeding gums, set up an appointment for an oral evaluation with your doctor as soon as possible. 

Here is a closer look at some common causes of bleeding gums: 

  • Gum Disease
  • Medications
  • Pregnancy

You May Have Gum Disease

Bleeding Gums Treatment with a Dentist in Columbia, SC

Bleeding gums is a common symptom of periodontal disease and can only be controlled with professional gum disease treatment from a dentist in Columbia, SC. Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate treat bleeding gums everyday with gentle, effective procedures using the most modern technology available.

Why You Should Never Ignore Bleeding Gums Caused by Periodontal Disease:

• Periodontal disease, a leading cause of bleeding gums, will only become worse over time if left untreated.
• Periodontal disease attacks and destroys healthy gum and bone tissue and causes gum recession.
• Advanced periodontal disease will lead to further bone loss, causing teeth to lose their support, and often become loose and need to be extracted.

Bleeding gums is a serious sign that something is wrong. Call us today for a private consultation so that we can find out why and get you the treatment you need to restore health and comfort to your gums and teeth.

Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

Poor self-care: Taking care of your teeth and gums with regular flossing, brushing, and routine dental exams and cleanings is the surest way to help prevent gum disease. Poor oral hygiene will encourage bacterial growth and plaque formation, which can infect the gums and make them bleed.

Taking Certain Medications: There are a variety of medications that cause side effects, including bleeding gums. Blood thinners, birth control, over the counter painkillers, anti-inflammatory prescriptions, and blood pressure medicine have been known to make gum tissue among some patients more likely to bleed. If you are taking medication and have gums that bleed, this may or may not be the cause. A dental exam is the only way to know for sure.

Pregnancy: Pregnant women will experience various hormonal changes that could have an effect on gum tissue. It is not uncommon to see bleeding when brushing and flossing or even spontaneously if you are pregnant. During this time, it is even more important to visit our office because research shows that pregnancy also increases one’s chance of developing gingivitis and delivering babies that are underweight and premature.

Dr. Jeanette Wingate and Dr. Bryan Wingate, dentists in Columbia, SC, diagnose and treat bleeding gums and other gum disease symptoms every day. If you have symptoms, we can help. Call us today for your private consultation.

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