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At Gorelik Dentistry, the dental practice of Dr. Julia Gorelik, we want our patients in Charlotte, North Carolina, to know that taking excellent care of your oral health will benefit not just those precious pearly whites, but your gum health as well. In fact, did you know that your gums are an indicator of your overall health? And as you already are aware, our practice is always looking out for your overall health as well as your healthy smile.

The number one 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 can 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: if you needed another reason to give up smoking tobacco, here is one: the toxins emitted from smoking tobacco can irritate the gums and result in a condition called dry mouth, and result in bleeding gums.

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 that eventually destroys the bones supporting your teeth. Periodontitis may also increase your risk of heart attack and stroke.

If you are currently experiencing gums that bleed, or if you have questions regarding your oral health, please give our Gorelik Dentistry team a call today at 704-553-1627 and let us help. Dr. Julia Gorelik, along with our caring team, are always ready to help our patients in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the surrounding communities achieve confident, healthy smiles!