The dangers of gum disease
Also called periodontal disease, gum disease is caused when bacteria in your mouth multiply to form plaque and tartar. The bacteria in these substances will eat away at and cause problems for your teeth, gums, and bone that holds your teeth in place. One of the first symptoms of gum disease that you’ll notice is bleeding gums. But it doesn’t stop there.
Left untreated, bleeding gums can turn into serious inflammation, bone loss, gum recession, and ultimately tooth loss. What’s more, gum disease is linked to systemic health issues, including heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
When to see a dentist about bleeding gums
Don’t let bleeding gums go untreated. If you notice that your gums are bleeding when you’re brushing or flossing your teeth, be sure to mention it to your dentist during your 6-month check-in. If your gums are randomly bleeding for no apparent reason, or if you can’t get the bleeding to stop, you must see a dentist right away.