If your gums bleed after brushing, it is an abnormal sign of possible infection, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho. Gingivitis is caused by bacteria in your mouth that have colonized on your teeth and gums. It is a bacterial infection that is destroying your gums and eventually, can destroy the bone around your teeth.
Gum disease has been linked to many health problems, including an increased risk of heart attacks, stroke, diabetes, low-birth weight babies in pregnant women, just to name a few, says Dr. Hansen. These links exist because your mouth and teeth are part of your body and as such, the bacteria gets into your blood stream, traveling throughout your body.
While gum disease can be treated, when the bacteria colonize around your gums and teeth, they create a pocket so deep that cannot be reached with dental floss or brushing. The only way to get the bacteria taken care of is to see a dental professional, Dr. Hansen says. Prescription mouthwashes are available to help, in addition to, getting your gum disease treated by a professional. There is no mouthwash available to take care of gum disease by itself, Dr. Hansen says.
Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental. He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.