Bleeding Gums: An introduction

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Bleeding gums make you vulnerable to a host of bacteria present in your mouth, putting your entire circulation system at risk. So don't take it lightly!

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A low-down on bleeding gums:

Dental health often revolves only around teeth, but it is equally important to focus on your gums. Gums play a vital role not only in dental health but also your overall well-being. When you do not practice proper dental hygiene, bacteria in your mouth will deposit plaque of your teeth. This may cause inflammation in your gums and even cause bleeding.

With gums that bleed, there is much more to consider than just pain and discomfort. Bleeding in your gums can be a sign that you already have or are at risk of gum disease. While most people with gum disease have the less severe form, called gingivitis, a considerable population has a much more serious type of gum disease known as periodontitis. If gingivitis is left untreated it develops into periodontics.

Worse, bleeding gums can be a precursor to serious medical conditions like leukemia, and bleeding and platelet disorders.

Coming up next, causes and symptoms of bleeding gums!

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