Why do my gums bleed?
When your gums bleed, it is your body's way of asking you to take notice because there is a problem. Bleeding gums are a sign of a serious condition called periodontal disease, also known as gum disease.
Gum disease is an infection in the gum tissue surrounding your teeth. It occurs because bacteria collect at your gum line along with food particles. Together, they can cause an infection as well as unsightly plaque and tartar at your gum line.
When your gums bleed and hurt, you might be inclined to avoid brushing or flossing. However, that is the opposite of what is necessary to restore your periodontal health. Diligent brushing and flossing, as well as a trip to the dentist, will help you get back on track.
Failure to treat gum disease can result in some serious consequences, such as bad breath, sensitivity, pain, loose teeth, bone loss, and in severe cases, tooth loss. Researchers have also linked periodontal disease to systemic conditions such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and respiratory illnesses.
In many cases, we can reverse gum disease in its early stages. When you come to South Chico Dental Care, Dr. Daniel Surh and his skilled hygienist will determine the best course of treatment to restore your periodontal health.