If you get a cut on your skin what do you do? Most likely disinfect and place a bandage on top. But what about when your gums bleed? Many people are unaware of the implications ignoring oral hygiene can have years down the road.
It’s a common misconception that problems in the mouth only affect the teeth and gums. I tell my patients to think of the mouth as the body’s largest doorway. Infection in the mouth can spread to the body through the bloodstream. There are well-established associations between gum disease and conditions such as diabetes, heart disease and hypertension.
Healthy gum tissue should not bleed. If your gums do bleed, it could be a sign of a larger issue. Your mouth contains entire colonies of bacteria that you can’t see, feel or taste. Most are not harmful, but the rest need to be maintained through diet, homecare and regular dental cleanings. Sensitivity to pain decreases as we age, so keep in mind that regular oral checkups are crucial for early detection of problems.
If you have any questions about gum disease or other oral health concerns, please feel free to contact me here.