Many patients suffer from bleeding gums, which can be a symptom of problems in the mouth and throughout the body. Although gum disease is often to blame for gum bleeding, other conditions must be considered until an exam establishes the cause. Patients who are found to have gum disease can get the treatment they need. Below is a look at what can make gums bleed and how the symptom may be stopped at our Houston office.
When Gum Disease Is Involved
Gum disease is known for damaging and inflaming the gums. In the process, the condition can cause gum bleeding, particularly when patients brush or floss. Other symptoms, including puffiness, redness, and pain in the gums, can also point to disease. As gingivitis develops into periodontitis, the bleeding may occur even when the gums are not being abraded.
Other Possible Causes of Bleeding Gums
Several other conditions, all of which are less common than gum disease, also can result in gum bleeding. For instance, a lack of platelets, which cause clots, can allow blood to leak from the gums. Leukemia, a cancer that affects blood cells, can also make gums bleed. Certain vitamin deficiencies, such as a lack of vitamins C or K, also may be to blame. More common than these other possibilities is irritation from dentures or other oral appliances if they do not fit properly.
Importance of an Exam
Signs of gum disease are easy for our dentist to recognize. If the condition is detected, our dentist can recommend solutions appropriate to the severity. Mild gum disease may be resolved with improved oral hygiene. In more advanced cases, deep cleaning or even surgery may be recommended to reverse the condition.
While many patients experience chronic low-level gum disease, some develop severe infections and even abscesses. The presence of an abscess is a dental emergency and calls for fast treatment to prevent a very dangerous systemic infection. By contacting Dr. Nazari, Houston dentist, you can learn more about what can cause gum bleeding and learn about treatments for different stages of gum disease.
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