Are Bleeding Gums a Cause for Concern? A Periodontist Answers

Posted on: June 16, 2019

A periodontist is the right person to talk to if you are worried about bleeding gums. These are dentists who have additional training on issues affecting the gums. We've all had bleeding gums at some point in our lives. Causes can stem from recent dental work or brushing too hard. How concerned a person should be when they notice their gums are bleeding depends on why their gums are bleeding in the first place.

A periodontist discuses bleeding gums

There are specific activities where light bleeding is perfectly normal. For example, a little bit of blood on dental floss or in saliva after brushing is not a reason for concern if it is limited to a small area and does not occur regularly. This type of gum bleeding happens when there is a slight irritation of the gums. Food injuries can also cause harmless gum bleeding. A person might get poked in the gums by a piece of hard food like a tortilla chip and experience some bleeding. This is frequently not a cause for concern unless there is considerable damage.

Bleeding gums can also be a sign of a more severe issue like gum disease. If it occurs more frequently than it once did or there is pain or sensitivity associated with it, that might be a sign of a serious dental issue. Gum disease is not the only issue that can lead to bleeding gums. Other culprits include:

1. Stomatitis

This disorder leads to bleeding and pain coming from the gums, lips, tongue and cheek. It leads to the inflammation and irritation of the soft tissues in the mouth. There is an assortment of issues that can lead to stomatitis, and the condition requires immediate treatment.

2. Hemophilia

This leads to excessive bleeding any time a person gets cut. Even a small cut can lead to significant blood loss when dealing with hemophilia. Any hard contact with the gums can lead to severe bleeding when battling this disease. Genetics play a big role in Hemophilia.

3. Bad oral hygiene

While poor oral health does not necessarily always lead to bleeding gums, it does lead to one of the most prevalent dental issues: gum disease. Dentists can help to reverse the early stages with treatment and good oral hygiene, but the advanced stages are permanent. One of the significant signs of gum disease is bleeding gums, and the condition will eventually lead to the loss of teeth when left untreated.

Pay attention to your gums

No one knows your gums better than you do, so pay close attention whenever you notice your gums are bleeding. It might be a sign that you are brushing too hard or a sign that a trip to the dentist is in order. Currently dealing with bleeding gums? Stop by our clinic for an evaluation today. Address the cause before it leads to something more serious.

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