Bleeding Gums – From OTC Medications?
If you find that your gums are bleeding, it’s important that you seek dental treatment to figure out what is causing the bleeding. Blood coming from your gums can be a symptom of a serious disease, such as leukemia or a platelet issue. In most instances, however, bleeding gums are caused by a plaque buildup that can lead to inflammation known as gingivitis.
Gingivitis is a periodontal disease that can infect gum tissue and your tooth sockets or bones. If the plaque isn’t removed on a regular basis, tartar can form and get trapped at the gum line. This will inflame the gums and let bacteria and toxins in, causing infection, swelling and pain.
Bleeding gums can be caused by brushing your teeth too hard, which is easy enough to remediate once you know what you are doing wrong. However, bleeding gums can also result from flossing improperly, having a tooth infection, a Vitamin K deficiency, or even from hormonal bodily changes.
One cause of bleeding gums that is not often realized is due to the side effects of some over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Some OTC medicines can make your mouth dry, by reducing your saliva output. This is called dry mouth or xerostomia. With dry mouth, your oral tissues can be irritated and swollen, putting you at risk for bleeding gums or gingivitis. These types of OTC drugs are usually in the form of antihistamines and anti-nausea or anti-diarrheal medications. Another OTC medication that may make your gums bleed is aspirin, which can thin the blood. There are also many prescription medicines that can cause your gums to bleed or dry out the mouth.
If you are experiencing bleeding gums and you are in the Birmingham area, Alabama Family Dentistry has four locations in the area. There may by a convenient office near you at either Acton Road Family Dentistry, Gardendale Family Dentistry, Warrior Family Dentistry or Sumiton Family Dentistry.
Alabama Family Dentistry in the Birmingham metro area offers general dental care, such as preventative cleanings, checkups, tooth extractions, oral disease checks and fluoride treatments. Additionally, you can contact the staff for more information about restorative and cosmetic dentistry treatments to restore lost teeth and improve your smile.