So what if my gums bleed? Do I really need to tell my dentist?
If you had a bloody nose for several days, you would call your doctor right away t diagnose the problem and seek a cure. When gums bleed, it can be a sign of periodontal disease and you need to seek the attention of your dentist. Periodontal or gum disease is known as a “silent” disease. You may never have discomfort until it is well advanced and has done irreversible damage to your teeth and the bone in your mouth, sometimes to the point of tooth loss or abscess. So what if you lose a few teeth, you say. Well, how do you feel about heart disease? The bacteria that are active in your mouth enter open blood vessels from bleeding gums (a symptom of active periodontal disease), and get into your bloodstream. Some of these bacteria stick to platelets, causing them to clot inside the vessel and begin to decrease blood flow to the heart. This can increase your risk for heart attack. It is so worth seeing your dentist regularly (2 to 4 times a year). Ignorance is costly and can permanently compromise your health.