My gums bleed when I brush and floss. Should I be concerned about this?
If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, this could be an early sign of gum disease. It’s important to get to the dentist immediately to determine the health of your gums.
Gum disease in its earliest stages is treatable. But if you let it go, it will only get worse and can even lead to tooth loss. Many people are not aware of this, but gum disease is the main reason for tooth loss among adults in this country.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Gum disease can also cause negative ramifications for your overall health. More and more studies are showing a connection between oral and systemic health. Gum disease is thought to contribute to serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some kinds of cancers. If you have gum disease, your overall health will likely suffer as well.
Many people are walking around who have no idea they have gum disease. The only way to know for sure is to see your dentist regularly for examinations. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat. Gum disease in its later stages often requires a procedure called planing and scaling, which is a deep cleaning below the gum line. Call our office to schedule your initial exam.