Bleeding Gums

Robert Zarabi, DDS

Restorative & Dental Surgeon located in Midtown East, New York, NY

Bleeding gums are a cause for concern and they’re a symptom that many people ignore. They can often be a sign of progressing periodontal disease. The final destination can be tooth decay and even tooth loss. Dr. Robert Zarabi is a trained oral surgeon and a qualified dentist with many years of diagnosing the cause of bleeding gums for patients in Midtown East, New York. If you have bleeding gums, it’s important you book a dental checkup to rule out gum disease. Click or call to book online.

Bleeding Gums Q & A

What causes bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums could be caused by a variety of factors, including:

  • Tobacco
  • Gum disease
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal changes
  • Incorrect brushing or flossing

In many cases, bleeding gums come along with swelling and pain.

Gum disease affects millions of Americans and is more common in people over age 35. Most people have a more mild form of gum disease – gingivitis. The more developed cases of gum disease are referred to as periodontitis.

Gum disease typically occurs as a result of inadequate dental hygiene. When people don’t take proper care of their teeth and allow plaque to develop, the bacteria can inflame the gums and cause bleeding, swelling, and irritation.

Receding gums, consistent bad breath, and a foul taste are also signs of gum disease.

What are the treatments for bleeding gums?

Dr. Zarabi treats bleeding gums by removing the source of the bacteria. Dr. Zarabi might also recommend certain dietary changes to help you steer clear of erosive foods that can aggravate your gums or contribute to gum disease.

If bleeding gums are due to dentures that don’t fit correctly, this will need to be rectified, and Dr. Zarabi will advise you on the best course of action.

How can I prevent bleeding gums?

There are ways to prevent bleeding gums and take care of your teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day and be sure to maintain a good dental care routine at home.

It’s also important to stay on top of your regular dental checkups and cleanings, since Dr. Zarabi and his skilled dental team can clean hard-to-reach areas that you might not be able to clean at home. These hard-to-reach areas can harbor bacteria.

It’s also helpful to eat a nutrient- and vitamin-dense, balanced diet to minimize the likelihood of gum problems progressing.

Drinking plenty of water and staying hydrated can help wash food particles off your teeth and reduce your risk of plaque-forming bacteria.

You should try to stay away from smoking and be sure to relax and try not to stress out, since this can raise levels of the stress hormone – cortisol. Cortisol increases inflammation in your body and your gums.

If you have bleeding gums, it’s best to visit Dr. Zarabi to put your mind at rest. Call or schedule your appointment online today.