Have you noticed small traces of blood on the toothbrush when you brush lately? Or, do you experience a sharp pain in the gums when you bite into your food? This could be due to the exposed blood vessels and nerves of the gum tissues, which can turn out to be a serious oral condition. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to visit the dentist as soon as possible and have them examine your oral cavity.
What could be the cause behind bleeding gums?
Gingivitis: Gingivitis is a mild gum disease that is often caused due to microbial activity in the mouth. The bacteria tend to accumulate near the gum line and release harmful acids when they feed. These acids can decay the nearby tissues, such as the enamel and soft gums. When the gums decay, the underlying blood vessels could rupture and result in bleeding when disturbed.
Periodontitis: Periodontal disease is a more severe form of gingivitis. The symptoms of periodontitis are far more apparent and can upset your entire oral health. One of the prominent symptoms of this disease is bleeding gums, especially while chewing food, brushing and flossing the teeth, etc.
Apart from these common causes, your gums may also bleed due to other oral infections, external trauma to the mouth, ill-fitting dentures, using dentures with worn-out liners, faulty orthodontic aligners, hormonal changes during pregnancy, oral cancer, etc.
Please schedule an online appointment or call us at (949) 209-8889 to have a consultation with Dr. Vida, and we will be happy to help.