There are many causes of bleeding gums:
- Gingivitis: an often painless inflammation of the gums that is entirely reversible with meticulous oral hygiene--brushing and flossing. Left untreated, however, it can lead to periodontitis, which is considerably more serious.
- Smoking: inhaling smoke directs toxins to the tissues and causes reduced oxygeneration of the blood supply of the tissues, making them more fragile.
- Hormones: hormonal changes during menstruation and pregnancy increase chances of bleeding gums.
- Medications: bleeding gums are a side effect of over 400 medications.
- Diet: carbohydrates from starchy and sugary foods create debris that sticks to the teeth and gums and can cause inflammation if not removed.
- Poor Oral Hygiene: eating food creates the formation of bacterial plaque on teeth and gums that needs to be removed daily to prevent the acids in the plaque from harming teeth and gums.
Robert G. Tupac, DDS, FACP, Inc., Diplomate, American Board of Prosthodontics (661) 325-1275 | www.drtupac.com 5060 California Ave., #170, Bakersfield, CA 93309