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At the dental practice of Christopher M. Granillo DDS, LLC, we want our patients in Tucson, Arizona, to know taking good care of your oral health will benefit not just your precious pearly whites, but your gum health as well. In fact, did you know your gums 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, but there are a variety of factors which may also cause your gums to bleed.

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. Electric toothbrushes can help with this.

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

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

Medication: blood-thinners, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, as well as certain blood pressure medications can result in gum inflammation.

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

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

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

If you have bleeding gums or have questions regarding your oral health, please give our team a call today at 520.298.5556 and let us help. Dr. Christopher Granillo along with our caring team are always ready to help our patients in Tucson, Arizona, and the surrounding communities achieve confident, healthy smiles!