Bleeding gums is often the early warning sign of gum disease, indicating the presence of harmful bacteria along the gum line. If you have gums that bleed during routine tooth brushing or when chewing certain foods, it is important that you schedule a visit with Dr. Lee in our Memphis dentist office to avoid further damage.
Gum disease can advance with little or no symptoms and is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults today. In most cases, this is preventable with regular dental care where Dr. Lee can spot the early signs of gum disease and offer conservative treatment.
Common Causes of Bleeding Gums
Although gum disease is the most common cause of bleeding gums, there are other factors that can affect the gums including:
- Pregnancy: hormonal changes during pregnancy can make the gums susceptible to irritation and bleeding
- Aggressive tooth brushing: using a hard bristled brush and/or aggressively brushing along the gum line can cause the gums to bleed
- Poor nutrition: a diet lacking in essential vitamins and minerals can affect the health of the gums and lead to irritation and bleeding
- Medical conditions: certain medical conditions can also cause gum tissue to become inflamed and easily bleed
It is important to discuss any medical or lifestyle habits that may affect your oral health when visiting with us so that we can offer personalized oral hygiene advice and help you maintain healthy gums between routine visits. Healthy gums play an important role in supporting the teeth for a stable, functional smile.
Schedule An Appointment
If you have concerns about the health of your gums, or are looking for a local Memphis dentist to maintain or restore your smile, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We welcome new patients and offer comprehensive, compassionate dental care in a friendly environment.