Minor tooth sensitivity and irritated gums can be a sign that you have plaque buildup, are using the wrong toothbrush, or are starting to floss for the first time in a while. However, if bleeding gums persist, you may be dealing with periodontal disease (gum disease).
Bleeding gums can be a sign of unhealthy gums which lead to a variety of dental issues such as severe sensitivity, loose teeth, bone loss, and missing teeth.
Those with gum disease are at a higher risk for developing serious systemic illnesses like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, auto-immune diseases, inflammatory diseases, and preterm labor.
Bleeding gums typically aren’t an emergency and you can reduce pain or swelling with a cold ice pack or warm saltwater rinse. Make sure with your dentist, though, that there isn’t something more serious going on.
There are several at-home preventive steps you can take to avoid bleeding gums and gum disease:
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