Gums that bleed easily are a sign of inflammation or infection and can be an indication of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. There are other factors that can cause our gums to bleed, but whatever the reason, sore and inflamed gums in Covington, KY should not be ignored. Dr. Ryan Estes can evaluate your oral health and determine if gingivitis is causing your bleeding gums.
Neglecting a good oral hygiene routine can often cause your gums to bleed. Left unchecked, bacteria grow in the mouth and can cause inflammation. The inflammation causes the gums to swell and turn red. This results in gingivitis, which is the early stage of gum disease.
Treated early on, many of the effects of gum disease can be reversed. Untreated gingivitis can develop into periodontal disease. In the advanced stage, significant bone and tooth loss often occur as the bacteria cause our bodies to break down supporting structures.
Medications that can cause gums to bleed include over the counter and prescription medications such as:
• Blood thinners
• NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)
• Birth control pills
• Blood pressure medications
It is important to tell Dr. Ryan Estes about any medical conditions and medications that you are currently taking.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can cause gums to bleed more readily. Pregnancy gingivitis is most common during or right after pregnancy because hormone levels are at their highest. Regular cleanings and diligent homecare are particularly important for pregnant women in an effort to avoid developing gingivitis. Women with gum disease are more likely to deliver prematurely or have low birth weight babies.
Delaying treatment for bleeding gums can lead to serious consequences if gum disease is the culprit. Call Dr. Ryan Estes today to seek treatment for your bleeding gums in Covington, KY.