Reasons Behind Gum Disease

Bleeding, swollen gums are an indication of an underlying problem and should never be ignored, especially in the presence of additional symptoms. If you have bleeding gums in Easton, MD, schedule a consultation with Dr. John V. Louis to restore the health of your smile. Bleeding, swollen gums can result from the following:

  • Gum disease
  • Medications with blood thinning properties
  • Hormonal level fluctuations

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Relief From Bleeding Gums in Easton & Bethesda, MD

Relief From Bleeding Gums in Easton & Bethesda, MD


Gum Disease

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.

About Our Office

Here at our dental office in Easton, Maryland, our staff has the experience and expertise to treat your periodontal diseases. John V. Louis, DMD, LLC - Center for Specialized Dentistry is dedicated to meeting your needs.

Our Easton Location

218 Bay Street
Easton, MD 21601
New Patients: 410.774.5582
Current Patients: 410.820.9599
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Our Bethesda Location

10215 Fernwood Road, Suite 601
Bethesda, MD 20817
New Patients: 301.761.2288
Current Patients: 301.897.3350
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