March is National Bleeding Disorders Awareness Month, which brings attention to people who may suffer from all kinds of rare bleeding disorders. While this month mainly focuses on diseases such as hemophilia and platelet function disorders like Bernard-Soulier syndrome, bleeding problems can extend to the mouth. Your periodontist in Rockville, MD, Dr. Steven N. Rice wants you to know how you can show support for National Bleeding Disorders Awareness.
Get Yourself Checked
Just because you have never been diagnosed with a rare bleeding disorder does not mean you are completely healthy. Bleeding gums is a sign of a periodontal problem and it requires immediate care if you wish to prevent it from turning into something more serious. You should have a dental checkup at least every six months so why not establish a tradition to fix those bleeding gums in March?
Get Treatment as Needed
Seeing a health professional is just the beginning. If a bleeding problem is identified, then it is also important to get the treatment you need to fix it right away. While some rare bleeding disorders might not have a cure yet, most cases of gum disease are perfectly treatable over time. Sometimes, even just general brushing and flossing can help to mitigate the problem. The point is, just ignoring the bleeding is not going to help you. If you or someone you know is suffering from bleeding problems – in the gums or anywhere else – seek help right away.
Learn Something New
If your gums are in perfect health and you do not suffer from any bleeding disorder, you can still participate this month by learning something new. Have you ever heard of Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia or von Willebrand disease? Learning something new and spreading awareness to others is a fun form of participation. When you are ready to have your gums examined, contact Advanced Laser Gum Surgery Institute of Washington to schedule a consultation with Dr. Rice.