Do your gums bleed?
If you answered “Yes” to this question you have infection present in your mouth. Gums should not bleed! If you’re saying “they only bleed when I brush or floss them”, they should not bleed. Bleeding of the gums often occurs when there is inflammation. This inflammation is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is an early stage of gum disease that is easily treated with proper home care. The direct cause of gum disease is from the bacteria that is missed during brushing and flossing. This bacteria, when left untouched, creates an infection in the gums. No bone damage is caused during this stage of periodontal disease and the gums can easily heal with proper home care of brushing, flossing, rinsing and keeping the tongue clean. Unfortunately, when gingivitis is not addressed, the disease will progress over time. Once bone damage occurs the disease has progressed into more advanced stages of gum disease called periodontal disease. Once the bone is destroyed it can never grow back. Periodontal disease must be treated by removing the necrotic tissues and infection present. In some cases surgical intervention is necessary. When periodontal disease is not addressed and treated properly most patients eventually lose one to several teeth. Losing the tooth doesn’t end the infection that is present in the mouth. This is where our biggest concerns lie as dental professionals. Researchers have studied the body’s overall health connection to the teeth and gums and found that heart disease, atherosclerosis, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory issues are linked to gum disease. Just remember that the mouth is an entry way into the body. Keeping a healthy mouth will help to keep an over all healthy body.
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