Why Do I Have Bleeding Gums?

Tooth Extraction Durham, NC for infected teethHave you ever noticed bleeding gums while you brushed or flossed?  If so, then you may want to schedule a visit with a dentist. Bleeding gums is an indication that you may have gum disease.

Gum disease can lead to a number of conditions including but not limited to receding gums, tooth loss and bone loss. Regular dental visits can diagnose and treat gum disease in its early stages thus reducing these complications. Dr. James P. Furgurson will give you a complete dental exam including screening for gum disease, gingivitis and periodontitis.

What Causes Bleeding Gums?

While there are many causes of bleeding gums, here are a few of the most common:

Gum Disease

The best defense against gum disease is regular brushing and flossing. Brushing and flossing helps prevent the build-up of plaque. Plaque can lead to gingivitis as the bacteria from plaque form around the gums which cause irritation and inflammation.

Bleeding gums is the earliest and most common sign of gingivitis, which is the first stage of gum disease. When diagnosed early, it is usually reversible.

If left untreated, the condition may only get worse. The localized infection may spread and cause your gums to recede allowing bacteria to invade in the tissue below the gum line. Once this occurs, your risk of tooth and bone loss increases.


It is possible that even with good oral hygiene including regular visits to the dentist, you might still be at risk for bleeding gums. Certain medications can lead to this condition. Two of the most common medications are aspirin and some blood pressure medications. It is important to not only discuss your oral health with your dentist but your overall health including any medications that you may be taking to make sure they don’t interfere with the health of your mouth.


As most of us know, pregnancy takes a toll on the whole body, not just the belly. The hormonal changes throughout the body will also have an effect on oral health. For this reason, pregnant women should discuss any change in their oral health with their dentist and be sure to stay vigilant with their oral hygiene routine.

Should you notice any changes in your oral health, including bleeding gums, contact Dr. Furgurson and his team so that those issues can be addressed and your dental health can be restored.

When Do I Need to See a Dentist for Bleeding Gums?

The recommendation is that everyone should see their dentist at least twice a year for a professional dental cleaning and routine exam. During the exam, you will be screened for among other things, gum disease. Should you notice any other changes with your oral health, you may need to come in sooner.

Chapel Hill, NC Gum Disease Treatment

Dr. Furgurson in Chapel Hill, NC is committed to see that you achieve your healthiest smile. He can develop a personalized treatment plan to restore your oral health. Please schedule an appointment either by phone at (919) 213-9767 or schedule online.