Bleeding gums are an often overlooked symptom, and especially easy to ignore when you are not feeling discomfort. Yet, bleeding gums are often the sign of a much larger problem. As soon as you notice bleeding gums in Miami, FL, schedule an appointment with your dentist to determine the cause.

The Most Common Causes of Bleeding Gums

1.       Periodontal disease is the number one cause of this condition. Bleeding gums are the first sign of gingivitis—the beginning stage of periodontal disease. When plaque and bacteria build up on the teeth, your gums can become infected. This results in inflammation and bleeding of the gum tissue. If treated at this early stage, the damage is completely reversible. If ignored, however, the infection can advance to periodontitis, causing halitosis, gum recession, tooth loss, and bone loss.

2.       Certain prescription medications can result in bleeding gums. Blood thinners are one example of this. Dr. Ross can review a list of your current medications with you to determine if this is a cause for concern.

3.       Aggressive brushing and flossing can cause your gums to bleed. Remember that your tissue is soft and you need to take the time to thoroughly, but gently, clean your teeth and gums.
 4.       Hormonal changes experienced during pregnancy or puberty can make your gums more likely to bleed. This can be addressed with a short-term program of periodontal maintenance visits.  

The Solution for Bleeding Gums and Periodontal Disease

Bleeding gums from gingivitis can be treated with simple oral care, such as proper teeth and gum cleaning and frequent visits to your dentist. Treatments for advanced periodontal disease can include scaling and root planing, gum surgery, or Laser Assisted New Attachment Procedure (LANAP®) treatment. LANAP® utilizes laser dentistry to remove infected tissue and the bacteria that created gingivitis in the first place, without the use of scalpels or sutures.

To learn more about the causes of bleeding gums in Miami, FL, and what can be done to resolve it, call our office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Ross offers the LANAP® protocol to ensure that your experience is more comfortable and convenient.