Bleeding Gums in Asheville, NC
If you have bleeding gums, there is a chance that you are experiencing one of several gum disease symptoms. Osseous surgery or laser periodontal surgery are two ways that Dr. Glenn J. Shefter and Dr. Greg S. Fertik in the Asheville, NC region can address gum disease symptoms and make your teeth and gums healthy again. Without treatment, gum disease symptoms can worsen and cause serious problems, including loss of bone and teeth.
Why Gums Bleed
Poor oral hygiene is the leading reason people experience bleeding gums and other gum disease symptoms, such as bad breath, swollen tissues, and loose or missing teeth. Poor oral hygiene results in a buildup of harmful bacteria in the mouth that can cause gums to become irritated, inflamed, and quick to bleed.
Medications can also make gums more prone to bleeding. Prescription blood thinners are common culprits as are certain over the counter medications, birth control pills, hypertension medication, and anti-inflammatory medicines. If you have bleeding gums and take any of these medications, it is important to tell us right away.
Pregnancy can also make the gums more prone to bleeding. Hormones produced during pregnancy can sometimes make the gum tissue quite sensitive and easy to bleed when eating, brushing, flossing, or sometimes with no contact at all. Even if the gums appear healthy, research indicates that pregnant women are at higher risk for gingivitis, or the early stage gum disease, and should take extra care of their teeth, including regular visits with a dental professional. Gingivitis among pregnant women is also linked to preterm delivery and low birth weight babies.
Early stage gum disease is sometimes treated with a non-surgical procedure, while in its more advanced stages, known as periodontitis, the bone is usually starting to deteriorate and laser surgery
or osseous surgery may be the best treatment.
Bleeding of the gums is a condition that should be evaluated. If you notice that your gums are bleeding or have other gum disease symptoms, call
Dr. Shefter and Dr. Fertik in Asheville, NC today for your friendly, personalized consultation.