Bad Breath and Bleeding Gums are Often Signs of Gum Disease

Gum disease is a chronic infection of your gums that is caused by bacteria in plaque and calculus (tartar).  If this plaque is not removed through daily brushing and flossing, and the calculus not removed by a dental professional, the bacteria can build up in your mouth.  Over time, this buildup can lead to inflammation, which in many cases can lead to bone loss, and hence periodontal disease.

Heart Disease and Gum Disease (Periodontal Disease)

As your gum tissue is supplied with many blood vessels, it is a prime entry point for oral bacteria to reach the body’s circulatory system.  Research over the last several years has shown a link between gum disease and an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and preterm births in certain individuals.

So What’s the “Good News”?

The good news?  Gum disease is preventable!  Here are four simple steps to reduce the risk of gums disease and help stay health:

  1. Practice proper brushing (at least twice per day for a minimum of 2 minutes) and floss at least once per day.
  2. Limit snacking between meals to avoid food buildup.
  3. Visit your dentist regularly for routine exams and preventative treatment.
  4. Never wait until you are in pain to see a dentist.  If you have tender or bleeding gums, persistent bad breath, pus between the gums, loose or separating teeth or a bitter taste in your mouth, see your dentist right away!