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At DeMercy Dental, we want our patients in Roswell, Georgia, to know that the health of your gums is as vital to a healthy smile as your teeth. Were you aware that the state of your gums is a good indicator of your overall health? While the main cause of bleeding gums is the buildup of plaque at the gum line leading to gingivitis–the first stage of gum disease–there are various factors which may cause your gums to bleed.

– Do you have a vitamin deficiency? Too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K can cause your gums to bleed.

– Are you anemic? A lack of iron can cause a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood and cause bleeding in the gums.

– Do you take medications? Blood-thinners such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain blood pressure medications, can result in gum inflammation.

– Are you brushing too hard? Brushing too hard can irritate the gums, so try using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brush with gentle, circular motions instead of sawing back and forth. Electric toothbrushes can help with this.

– Do you smoke? The toxins emitted from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in a condition called “dry mouth”.

– Do you have an infection? If you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones supporting your teeth. Periodontitis may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

– Are you experiencing hormonal changes? Pregnancy and menstruation cause a spike in your hormones which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, negatively affecting gum tissue.

As you can see, bleeding gums is no laughing matter. If you are currently experiencing bleeding gums, please give our DeMercy Dental team a call today at 770.641.8010 and let us help. Dr. Jeff DeMercy and Amanda Kossick are here to help our patients in Roswell, Georgia, achieve healthy smiles!