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Bleeding gums - a sign of potential problems


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Although we pay close attention to our teeth, as these are most visible when we smile, we also need to learn how to determine what our gum tissue is revealing to us. It may seem as though bleeding gums is nothing to worry about - perhaps tissue was inadvertently cut during brushing or flossing - but, in reality, this is more likely a sign that gums are irritated. Gum disease, which occurs in stages, is quite prevalent in today's society, and may be the cause of bleeding gums.

Every day, millions of tiny bacteria are at work in the mouth, some of which can cause harm to teeth and gum tissue. When bacteria are not eliminated through focused oral hygiene practices such as brushing twice a day for at least two minutes each time, flossing every day, and the use of an anti-bacterial mouthwash, they may release harmful toxic substances that damage delicate tissue, resulting in far more than occasional bleeding.

  • Soreness in gum tissue
  • Swollen gums
  • Small pockets around a tooth or teeth
  • Deep pockets at the gum line, creating space between the tooth and gums
  • Receding gum tissue
  • A loose feeling around a tooth or teeth
  • Changes in bite
Seeking gum disease treatment in Michigan is beneficial, as the elimination of inflammation eases discomfort and promotes better oral health. Not only that, but addressing the issue of gum disease also protects the body from the bacteria that are responsible for irritated, inflamed gums. As the mouth is not isolated from the rest of the body, there is the potential that bacteria will travel from this part of the body to areas such as the digestive tract and even the bloodstream, causing serious health concerns such as heart attack or stroke.

To avoid gum irritation, gum disease, and potentially hazardous health conditions, listen to what your gums are saying to you. Should your gums bleed during brushing or flossing, this is a sign that they are irritated, and that harmful bacteria are weakening delicate tissues.

To correct the problem of bleeding gums, continue regular oral hygiene practices and contact our office for specific gum disease treatment in Michigan.


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