Everybody has germs living in their mouth. Some of those germs and bacteria are friendly and helpful to our digestion. Others are not so helpful and, if left to multiply, can cause gum disease and possibly illness in other parts of the body.
When gum disease strikes, the gums become inflamed, infected and more vulnerable to cuts and tears. That is why patients with gum disease often report bleeding gums when brushing their teeth. Bleeding gums when brushing teeth is an important symptom to address, because open wounds on the gum line are an invitation for harmful bacteria and toxins to enter the bloodstream.
Gum Disease Can be Dangerous to the Whole Body
Bacteria in the mouth cause infections. Unless treated, infections are constantly releasing toxins. This we know for certain. Some evidence shows that toxins may also enter the bloodstream via bleeding gums when brushing. This can cause serious trouble elsewhere in the body. Research is ongoing and there is some debate, but studies continue to show that oral bacteria may be linked to heart disease, strokes, cancer, lung disease, memory loss, pre-term deliveries, and other illness.
Do Not Ignore Bleeding Gums when Brushing Teeth
If you have bleeding gums when brushing your teeth, gum disease may be the reason. If left untreated, gum disease can cause teeth to fall out, which can then lead to bone loss in the jaw. Research now tells us that gum disease can lead to even greater health dangers. Why take the risk?
If you have bleeding gums when brushing your teeth, please call the dentist in Marana Valley, AZ today so we can talk about it. Dr. Hawke offers safe, effective, state-of-the-art gum disease treatment.