When gum tissue bleeds, it is a warning sign indicating that something is wrong. Sudden bleeding that resolves may mean something has become lodged between the teeth and gums, which can usually be dealt with by brushing and flossing thoroughly. Prolonged bleeding, however, may indicate periodontal disease, an infection of the gums.
Periodontal disease ranges in severity and may be reversible in the earliest stages by improving home care and seeking a professional dental cleaning.
Conditions Linked to Gum Disease
Treating periodontal disease may prevent tooth and bone loss. A healthy mouth is an important part of a healthy body, and chronic periodontal disease has been linked to diseases and conditions such as:
- COPD and chronic bronchitis
- Low birth weights
- Certain types of cancer
- Heart disease and stroke
- Alzheimer’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis
More research is needed to reveal the exact cause-and-effect relationship of gum disease and systemic conditions, but many researchers believe that the answer lies in the inflammatory nature of the infection. We do know that the mouth is the gateway to the body, and if you have concerns about the health of your gums, we welcome you to contact us to arrange a consultation.