Bleeding gums are a warning sign indicating such conditions as gingivitis or gum disease. Healthy teeth depend on healthy gums. Gums protect the base of the teeth, where connective tissue anchors them to bone ( the foundation). Left untreated, gum problems can lead to tooth loss.

The mouth is filled with countless bacteria. The disease process begins when certain bacteria in plaque (the sticky colorless film that forms on the teeth and surfaces lining the mouth), produces toxins and enzymes that irritate the gums and cause inflammation. This is often painless and can damage the attachment of the gums and supporting bone.

Gum disease is painless and progressive. Often by the time most people are aware of the warning signs, it is too late to reverse the damage. This is why regular dental check ups are so important. During regular check ups, the condition of our gum tissue can be monitored by carefully measuring the depth of gum pockets around your teeth. Dental x-rays also can reveal early signs of gum disease.

It is important to find a dental office that takes the time to really look for gum disease.

According to experts, catching signs of gum disease early may be far more important than previously thought. Advanced periodontal disease may be related to other health conditions, such as stroke, heart disease, diabetes, lung conditions and low birth weight babies.