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So my gums bleed a little, is it really that serious?

Do you think it is ok if your hands bleed when you wash them? Of course not, so why do you think it is ok if your gums bleed when you brush or floss. If your gums bleed when you brush or floss, it is serious. Bleeding allows bacteria and their toxins to easily pass into your body. Bacteria in your blood stream can make you sick.

Your gums are not bleeding because you are brushing or flossing to hard either. Healthy gums do not bleed when they come into contact with floss or with the bristles of a tooth brush. The bleeding is caused because the body is making additional capillaries. The capillaries are forming near to the surface of the gums because oxygen molecules are having a difficult time reaching the cells deeper within the gums. The cells within the gums are not getting enough oxygen because of swelling. The swelling of the gums is due to an immune response trying to kill bacteria that is dumping waste. The bacteria is attached to plaque located on your teeth. Your gums are bleeding because of bacteria inside of your mouth.

Dr. McCargar, a Scottsdale Family Dentist says “After reading this article, I hope that the next time you see blood in the sink, you will know that it is serious. Contact your dentist for an appointment. Clinical studies show that people with gum infections (periodontitis) have an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic inflammatory conditions.” (See our blog article from 07/21/2009: The Link between Dental Care and Diabetes)