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At Orlando Family Dentistry, we want our patients in Hopewell, New Jersey, to know that taking good care of your oral health benefits not just your 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 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.

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 back and forth sawing.

Vitamin deficiency: too little essential vitamins in the body, especially vitamin C and K.

Anemia: if you are anemic, you will have a deficiency of red blood cells or of hemoglobin in the blood caused by a lack of iron in your diet.

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. This can also increase risk of heart attack and stroke.

If bleeding gums are a problem for you, or if you have any questions regarding your oral health, please give our Orlando Family Dentistry team a call today at 609-466-1332 and let us help.

Dr. John Orlando and Dr. Christopher Spelman are here to help our patients in Hopewell, New Jersey, and the neighboring communities of Ringoes, Flemington, Lambertville, Hamilton, Hillsborough, Stockton, Princeton, Clinton, and Branchburg, New Jersey–achieve healthy, confident smiles!