Do Your Gums Bleed Regularly?

If you have sore or bleeding gums, you may need treatment for gum disease with Dr. Jody Vance in Springfield, MO as soon as possible. Some of the common causes of bleeding gums include:

• Medication side effects
• Hormonal changes
• Pregnancy
• Gum disease

You May Have Gum Disease

Gum Disease and Bleeding Gums

When you have an infection in the mouth and do not receive treatment, the condition can progress to advanced periodontal disease where you could end up losing your teeth. Bleeding gums are one of the warning signs of progressing gum disease and should not be ignored! You must seek treatment to protect your gums and teeth from permanent damage.

Symptoms of Gum Disease

Any signs of gum disease, such as bleeding or inflamed gums, bad breath, or loose teeth, must be addressed as soon as they are detected. If you have sore or painful gums, you must set up an appointment with Dr. Vance to determine whether you are in the early stages of gum disease. Some of the common causes of bleeding gums include:

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease is a progressive disease and can cause significant damage to the gum tissue and jaw bone if it is not treated at an appropriate time. Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease and can be reversed with professional cleanings and a proper home care routine. If you do not receive treatment, you may be at risk for bone loss and subsequent loss of teeth. Periodontal disease can be managed with periodontal therapy, laser gum surgery, maintenance cleanings, and a good home care regimen.

Medication Side Effects

Some medications can make the gums more tender and prone to bleeding. If you are taking birth control pills, blood pressure medication, or any type of blood thinners, you may be at risk for having bleeding gums.

Hormonal Changes

Pregnancy can cause hormonal imbalances which can impact the gums and often result in bleeding. You need to stick with your cleaning schedule throughout pregnancy to help prevent gum disease.

If your gums are bleeding, an oral evaluation is recommended to determine the cause. Schedule your gum disease consultation in Springfield, MO with Dr. Vance today!