By info
February 10, 2011
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What does it mean when our gums bleed?
Many times patients will say "My gums always bleed when I brush. That is just normal for me." Contrary to what one may think this is not normal and should not be ignored. Wouldn't you be concerned if your hands bled each time you washed them?

The presence of bleeding when brushing is an indication of the beginning stages of periodontal disease. The initial stage of periodontal disease, or gingivitis, can be reversible. Periodontal disease is often painless until it reaches more advanced stages, however there is a simple test that your dental team can use to uncover this problem even in its beginning stages. Like most diseases of the body early detection is essential. Also, remember to brush and floss. You will need to be an active participant in prevention. Gum disease is a serious infection that should always be taken seriously.

If you answer yes to any of the following questions you may have periodontal disease.
1. Do your gums bleed when you brush, floss, or eat?
2. Do your teeth feel like they are moving?
3. Are your gums receding?
4. Do your teeth look longer?
5. Do you have persistent bad breath?
6. Does your bite feel different?
7. Is it difficult for you to chew?
8. Have you noticed pus around your teeth?
9. Do your gums feel tender or look swollen?
10. Do your teeth or gums hurt?

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