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At the dental practice of Dr. Scott Elrod, we want our patients in Lake Jackson, Texas to know that taking good care of your oral health benefits not just your precious pearly whites, but your gum health as well. In fact, did you know that your gums–which cushion and support your teeth–are an indicator of your overall health?

The main cause of bleeding gums is the steady buildup of plaque at the gum line, which leads to gingivitis. Gingivitis is the first stage of gum disease which can cause the gums to bleed, but there are a variety of factors which may also cause bleeding of the gum tissue.

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.

Vitamin deficiency: too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K can cause gum tissue to bleed.

Anemia: a lack of iron can cause a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood and cause bleeding.

Medication: blood thinners (aspirin, ibuprofen) and certain blood pressure medications can result in gum inflammation.

Smoking: the toxins from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in dry mouth.

Hormonal Changes: pregnancy and menstruation cause a hormonal spike which alters the chemical balance in your mouth, affecting gum tissue.

Infection: if you have periodontitis, this is a serious gum infection that eventually destroys the bones that support your teeth. In addition, this may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you currently have issues with gums that are bleeding, or if you have any questions regarding your oral health, please give us a call today at 979-297-0337 and let us help. Dr. Scott Elrod and our team are happy to help our patients in Lake Jackson, Texas and the neighboring communities achieve healthy, confident smiles!