Are Bleeding Gums Normal?

You’d be worried if when you washed your hair and your scalp bled, right!? The same logic applies to your #mouth and #gums. If you notice that your gums are #bleeding, it isn’t just because your gums are a little fragile. This bleeding is actually the first sign of #infection, an infection that is caused by #bacteria. The plaque that gives you that fuzzy feeling on your teeth is full of this #disease-causing bacteria.

Even if you brush well, there’s still about 1/3 of your #tooth surface that a #toothbrush simply cannot reach and 1/3 of bacteria left to grow. When this bacteria is left undisturbed, it not only grows in numbers, but it gets stronger, which can lead to the destruction of the structures that hold your teeth in place, including #bone, #ligaments, and #gingival #tissue.

This is why it’s so important to clean in between your teeth, beyond just brushing alone. Not only can these accumulating bacteria lead to an infection that could potentially #destroy the underlying bone and tissues holding your teeth in, but it can also harden into #calculus (#tartar). Once it has hardened, or calcified, only a #dental #hygienist with specialized training and instruments, can remove it. Regular dental appointments are more than just checking for cavities!

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