Gum disease is caused by the bacteria that naturally inhabit your mouth. Normally, these bacteria are cleared away with routine brushing and flossing but when allowed to flourish, they infect the gum tissue. The infection results in bleeding, swollen gums as well as bad breath, gum recession, and bone loss. If you have noticed any signs of gum disease, schedule an appointment with Dr. Louis for immediate treatment. Gum disease will not resolve on its own and has been linked with heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and other serious illnesses. Early intervention with gum disease treatment may be recommended to maintain your oral and overall health.
Medications with Blood Thinning Properties
Bleeding gums may also result from taking certain medications that can thin the blood. Blood pressure prescriptions as well as heart medications may cause bleeding. Anti-inflammatory drugs, birth control pills, and even over the counter medications like aspirin can lead to bleeding gums. Make sure you mention any medication or supplements that you may be taking when you meet with Dr. Louis.
Hormonal Level Fluctuations
Changes in hormone levels often result in bleeding, swollen gums. Normal activities like brushing or flossing can cause the gums to bleed at such times. During pregnancy, for example, women are encouraged to add periodontal care to their prenatal care regimen, as they are more susceptible to gingivitis. Gingivitis has been shown to raise the likelihood of premature births and low birth weight babies.
Gum tissues that bleed certainly warrant an evaluation. To schedule your consultation in Easton, MD, contact Dr. Louis today.