Bleeding gums are not normal and shouldn’t be ignored. Bleeding that occurs with brushing, flossing, or brushing is typically caused by a bacterial infection and is the first sign of gum disease (Periodontal Disease). Studies have shown periodontal infection is linked to other diseases, such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, respiratory disease, artificial joints and pregnancy complications. Bacteria present in gums can break loose and travel through the bloodstream, and attach itself to your heart or other body parts. A recent study found 85% of heart attack patients have periodontal disease.
What can I do?
Keeping your mouth healthy requires visiting the dentist and hygienist at least twice yearly for periodontal maintenance and screening. Also, remember to brush and floss. Gum disease is a serious infection that should be taken seriously.