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My gums bleed when I brush or floss. Is this a problem?

Most people find that their gums bleed occasionally while brushing and flossing their teeth. Some people have bleeding gums all the time. Is this normal or should you be concerned?

As a rule, bleeding from any part of your body is not a good thing. Bleeding is an indication of some physical damage or inflammation to your body. The mouth is no exception.

Unfortunately ( or fortunately), bleeding gums are usually not painful so most people ignore it and pass it off as normal. Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease that triggers bleeding of the gums. The more severe form is called periodontitis, which can cause bone loss around your teeth as well as bad breath. Studies have shown that gum disease affects between 70-90% of the population so most of you reading this article have some form of it. Scary, isn't it?

Bleeding from your gums due to hard brushing, aggressive flossing, and trauma ( like eating a hard nacho chip) can be explained and will heal well. The mouth is a very vascular ( blood rich) organ and has great ability to recover from wounds. However, the mouth cannot recover from a slow but steady process attacking the gum tissues and bone without help from your dentist and dental hygienist. Due to the anatomy of your teeth, even the most careful and diligent brusher and flosser can develop gum disease. Tartar buildup and aggressive bacteria that live in your mouth regularly attack your gums causing bleeding. Unfortunately, once a person loses bone and gum in the mouth, it does not regenerate which means your teeth will gradually loosen if untreated. Treatments, like gum and bone grafts, are time consuming, mildly uncomfortable and expensive.

So please pay your dentist and hygienist a visit if you suffer from bleeding gums or bad breath. If you haven't seen a dentist for a check up in a long time, you likely have some form of gum disease. As mentioned, gum disease does not normally cause pain but not dealing with it can lead to you losing your teeth. If you don't have a dentist, please CLICK here and wichDOC.com can help!

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