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Bleeding Gums and its Dire Consequences

Bleeding gums is something you should take seriously. Research indicates bleeding gums can be connected to a variety of health conditions. A common sign of infection or injury is inflammation. When gums are inflamed they become bulbous, they bleed and may be sensitive. If your gums are bleeding, take action.

The most common reason for bleeding gums is periodontal disease. Periodontal diseases are infections around the teeth structures such as your gums, bone and periodontal ligament. Periodontal diseases are caused by plaque build up. Plaque actually begins to form on the teeth a few hours after you brush! It’s sticky in nature attracting food particles, sugars and other debris. If you are not keeping up with regular cleanings, brushing and flossing, the plaque continues to build and eventually burrows below the gum line. Your body then “attacks” this infection which sends you the warning. That warning being your bleeding gums. At that stage you are experiencing signs of gingivitis, the beginning of the periodontal disease journey. If the bacteria is not removed then swelling is increased and your gums actually detach from the tooth. This creates pockets around your teeth where more plaque can build up, advancing infection. If that plaque continues to build, it can calcify. This is tartar or calculus. It attracts even more plaque! So as you can see, it just continues to snowball and get out of control.

In advanced periodontal disease, the infection will destroy the supporting structures for your teeth in your jawbone. Eventually, you will lose the teeth or they will need to be extracted. This signifies advanced periodontitis.

Pretty grim stuff but hey…it can be avoided! Proper oral hygiene and twice yearly visits to your dentist can keep you in check.

If that isn’t enough to get you in for your exam and have you brushing before bed, read on. Researchers have also found possible connections between gum disease and many other medical problems such as:

Diabetes
Respiratory disease
Heart Disease
Stroke

Bleeding gums can indicate other issues going on within your body as well. It could be a sign of leukemia, a vitamin deficiency or lack of clotting platelets. Vitamin C & K deficiencies can cause bleeding of the gums to occur more easily. So if you go in for your dental exam and your get an A+, have your primary care doctor check your Vitamin C & K levels. Pregnancy and hormonal changes can also cause gum sensitivity.. Lastly, brushing too vigorously can cause gum bleeding or irritation. All in all, bleeding gums should be treated as a warning sign. Avoid the dire consequences of periodontal disease and other health conditions by keeping your oral health in check. Your health is your responsibility.

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