Bleeding Gums can Affect More Than Your Smile
When you brush your teeth, it seems that your overly sensitive gums automatically protest: They bleed constantly. The thought of flossing when your gums are so sore simply makes you want to cringe. Bleeding gums indeed can affect more than just your smile: It can affect your overall health in more ways than you realize.
If your gums are red, sore and bleeding, this is often an indication of gum disease and a visit to the dentist is recommended for a thorough evaluation. The less severe type of this disease is called gingivitis, or gum inflammation. If you don’t brush your teeth properly, you leave behind plaque—a sticky film that forms on your teeth after you eat. This plaque contains millions of bacteria, and if they are not removed from your mouth, they can irritate your gums.
Bleeding gums indeed can affect more than just your smile: It can affect your overall health in more ways than you realize.
Gingivitis is relatively common, but in 5 percent to 15 percent of the population, it can advance to a more serious stage of gum disease called periodontitis. During this stage, you experience gum recession, where your gums pull away from your teeth. This causes pockets to form around your teeth, making your teeth loose, eventually leading to tooth loss.
Gum disease can affect not only your oral health but also your overall health in many ways:
- Gum disease can increase your blood sugar, thus leading to complications if you suffer from diabetes.
- Gum disease is known to increase your risk of heart disease and may worsen existing heart issues.
- Gum disease is associated with respiratory problems, such as pneumonia.
Gum disease has many causes: It can be hereditary, result from poor brushing and flossing habits, result from certain medications that cause the gums to become enlarged, or even occur during pregnancy due to hormonal changes. Our dental team has many options for treating your gum disease, no matter what stage you are in.
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