Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Top Causes of Bleeding Gums according to Periodontal Associates in Aurora, CO

"Why do my gums bleed when I brush?" is a common question that our periodontists, Dr. Versman and Dr. Heller, are asked at Periodontal Associates in Aurora, CO.

Bleeding gums can be extremely discomforting physically and mentally. It is important that a person understands that gums that bleed signify a problem that needs to be addressed to both stop the gums from bleeding and to heal your gums.
Let’s take a look at the top possible causes of gum bleeding.

Gum disease: This is the most common cause for bleeding gums. The initial stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis in which gums become swollen and tender. These bleed upon touch especially during actions such as brushing or eating. Gum disease also known as Periodontal Disease occurs due to accumulation of plaque which irritates the gums. If gum disease is not treated initially, it progresses to Periodontitis and finally tooth loss. For more information and frequently asked questions about gum disease, treatment and more including Seven Danger Signs, an initial self-evaluation and a visual guide, visit our website at www.periodontalhealth.com.

Vigorous brushing: Brushing with toothpaste is abrasive in nature. Overzealous brushing does more harm than good to the teeth. In rare cases, overzealous brushing can also cause the gums to bleed but getting healthy gums to bleed by vigorous brushing is rare.

Smoking or chewing tobacco: In addition to the irritating effect of tobacco the gums, smokers tend to have more tartar on their teeth than non-smokers which causes gum disease.

Hormones: Hormone receptors are embedded in gum tissue. If certain hormone levels rise above their normal level, they can cause an increase of fluid level in the gum tissue. This change results in gum becoming red, tender and swollen. When hormone levels become normal, so do your gums.

Vitamin K deficiency: Vitamin K is an important factor in the process of blood clotting. A deficiency in Vitamin K can cause gums to bleed.

Drugs: Some drugs such as oral contraceptives, antidepressants, nasal sprays and anticoagulants may have the tendency to cause bleeding gums.

Autoimmune disorders: Autoimmune disorders are disorders in which a body’s own immune system damages its own cells. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) are a few autoimmune disorders which can cause bleeding gums.

Leukemia: Leukemia is a cancer of the blood or bone marrow. One of its characteristic symptoms is bleeding gums.

It is often found that a patient with gums that bleed suffers from some degree of gum disease. If you are experiencing bleeding gums, call Dr. Versman and Dr. Heller at Periodontal Associates for an appointment to check your overall gum health and to determine the appropriate course of action.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Eat your fruits and veggies...for your gums?

We've talked about the benefits of including fruits and vegetables into your diet as healthy snacks before.  Eating fresh fruit, such as an apple, stimulates the gums, increases saliva flow and reduces the build-up of cavity-causing bacteria that harms your teeth.

But did you know that a lack of Vitamin C can promote Gingivitis? 
Yep, that's right, a diet deficient in Vitamin C can promote bleeding gums which can lead to gingivitis if left untreated. You can read more about it here.

Most of us think of citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit, as being the best source of vitamin C. A serving of orange juice, 3/4 cup, provides you with 60 mg/day. Although citrus fruits are a great source of vitamin C, other not so obvious and sometimes surprising foods contain vitamin C as well. In addition to that morning glass of OJ, here are some ways to put vitamin C on your table:

  • Eat more broccoli. A 1/2-cup serving provides 45 mg of vitamin C.
  • Add a slice of tomato to your sandwiches. A small tomato provides 25 mg of vitamin C.
  • Slice up a papaya or mango for dessert. Half a medium papaya or mango provides 95 mg of vitamin C.
  • Think peppers! Red, yellow, and orange peppers have about twice the vitamin C of green peppers.
  • More obscure vegetables, like kohlrabi and jicama, provide about 45 mg of vitamin C per half cup. Just grate each into a green salad.
  • Believe it or not, potatoes contain vitamin C, too! A small baked potato has 25 mg.
  • Kiwi fruit, the fuzzy little brown fruit with the deep green interior, has about 55 mg of vitamin C. 
So remember to eat your fruits and veggies and you'll be doing your body, teeth AND gums a favor.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Dog Days of Summer Sonicare Giveaway

Periodontal Associates is celebrating the dog days of summer with a fabulous giveaway geared to keep you smiling!


Prize: One (1) Sonicare FlexCare+ Rechargeable sonic toothbrush set with UV Brush Head Sanitizer, 2 ProResults brush heads (Compact + Standard), travel charger, travel case AND a 2 year supply of replacement brush heads (standard size). Price package valued at $250
Winner: One (1) Winner will be selected randomly from all eligible entries

Deadline: Giveaway ends 11:59pm MDT August 31, 2010

How To Enter: 
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This giveaway is open to US residents, 18 years of age or older. Entries can be submitted until 11:59 pm MDT August 31, 2010. The winner will be selected via random draw and will be notified via email (please make certain to include an email with your entry and that your email is legit!). Winner will have 48 hours to respond. Failure to respond within 48 hours will forfeit prize eligibility to the second randomly selected winner.

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