At [practice_name], we want our patients in [city], [state], to know that the health of your gums is just as crucial to a healthy smile as your teeth. Actually, the state of your gums is a good indicator of your overall health. And while the biggest cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line–it can lead to gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease–but there are in fact several reasons why your gums may bleed.
– Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K can cause your gums to bleed.
– Are you anemic? A lack of iron can cause a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood and cause bleeding in the gums.
– Do you take medications? Blood-thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain blood pressure medications, can result in gum inflammation.
– Are you brushing too hard? Brushing too hard can irritate the gums, so try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush with gentle, circular motions instead of sawing back and forth. Electric toothbrushes can help with this.
– Do you smoke? The toxins emitted from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in a condition called “dry mouth”.
– Do you have an infection? If you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones supporting your teeth. Periodontitis may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.
– Are you experiencing hormonal changes? Pregnancy and menstruation cause a spike in your hormones which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, negatively affecting gum tissue.
So you see, bleeding gums should not be taken lightly. Are you experiencing bleeding gums? If so, please give our [practice_name] team a call today at [phone] and let us help. Dr. [doctor_name] is here to help our patients in [city], [state], achieve and maintain healthy smiles!