Gum bleeding is a very common symptom in the vast majority of my patients. Most of the time it’s ignored or put down to brushing too hard. However there are times when it could be a sign of more serious problems. Gum bleeding could be a sign of periodontal disease which is a more aggressive form of gum disease. In the past it was known as Pyorrhea and often lead to tooth loss. Unfortunately we now know that it can also lead to other problems a lot more serious than simply having a gappy smile.
It is thought that both conditions work hand in hand almost egging each other on. Current research shows that people with periodontal disease may find it more difficult to control their blood sugar levels. Conversely if you have Diabetes you’re more likely to develop periodontal disease.
Though further research need to be undertaken, it is thought that periodontal disease increases the risk of heart disease leading to heart attacks and other coronary problems. This is particularly true in men.
Researchers have found that the bugs & germs responsible for periodontal disease can be breathed in to the lungs causing pneumonia and other respiratory conditions.
Researchers found that men with gum disease were 49% more likely to develop kidney cancer, 54% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer.
So next time you spit blood after brushing why not give your dentist a ring – you could be doing your general health a big favour.