ARE YOUR GUMS BLEEDING?
SHOULD THAT MAKE YOU WORRIED?
Many people observe gingival bleeding while brushing their teeth. And most people don’t find that worrying enough to visit a dentist.
Probably because they don’t have any pain. And pain is the main reason that makes people visit a dentist. It is important to realise that bleeding inside the oral cavity is not something normal.
It is important to realise that bleeding inside the oral cavity is not something normal. Usually, bleeding is a sign of an inflammatory disease of the gums called periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease caused by bacteria in the dental plaque. Early forms of this disease are reversible and advanced forms are irreversible leading to tooth loss and risk for systemic health.
When periodontal disease is present we have a wound in our oral cavity called periodontal wound. And when chewing or toothbrushing bacteria enter our bloodstream through the periodontal wound. When the patient is young and healthy, one will fight the bacteremia efficiently. When the patient is old and compromised, bacteremia will represent a risk for one’s systemic health. Studies have shown that periodontal disease represents a risk for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and pregnancy complications.