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Bleeding gums can kill more than your smile

  • Have you noticed pus around your
  • Do your gums feel tender or look
  • Is it difficult for you to chew?
  • Does your bite feel different?


Over 80% of adults have gum dis-ease. Smoking, excessive alcohol, diet, and poor oral hygiene can contribute to the onset and progression of the disease, but genetics seem to play a significant role. If there is a history of gum disease or premature tooth loss with your parents or siblings your chance of having this disease is extremely


A better understanding of this disease has created new treatment alternatives.

Antibiotics, deep cleanings, laser treatments, mouth rinses, and homecare, used individually or in combination, are reducing the need for more aggressive options like surgery. Contrary to what you have been told, bleeding gums are not normal and shouldn’t be ignored. Would you be concerned if your hands bleed every time you wash them? Your gums are no different. Bleeding that occurs when you floss, brush, or eat is usually caused by a bacterial infection and represents one of the first symptoms of gum disease (Periodontal Disease). Researchers are finding links between periodontal infection and serious diseases of the human body. Heart Disease & Heart Attack, Stroke, Diabetes, Respiratory Disease, Cancer, Osteoporosis, Artificial Joints, and Pregnancy complications seem to be connected to your oral health. The current theory is that bacteria present in infected gums breaks loose, travels
though your bloodstream, and attaches itself to your heart or other body parts. A resent study found that 85% of heart-attack patients have periodontal disease, making this connection higher than the relationship between high cholesterol and heart attacks.

Research using DNA testing has found that periodontal bacteria can be transmitted from parent to child and spouse to spouse.

What Should You Do?

Keep your mouth healthy! It is not
“just a cleaning” anymore. See your
dentist or hygienist at least twice a
year for periodic maintenance and
screening. Periodontal disease is
often painless until it reaches more
advanced stages, however there is a
simple test that your dental team can
use to uncover this problem even in
its beginning stages. Like most dis-
eases of the body early detection is
essential. Also, remember to brush
and floss. You will need to be an
active participant in prevention. Gum
disease is a serious infection that
should always be taken seriously.

Take a Self-Evaluation Quiz.

If you answer yes to any of the follow-
ing questions you may have periodon-
tal disease.

  • Do your gums bleed when you
    brush, floss or eat?
  • Do your teeth or gums hurt?
  • Do your teeth feel like they are moving?
  • Are your gums receding?
  • Do your teeth look longer?
  • Do you have persistent bad breath?

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