Do you have a preconceived notion that bleeding gums are a normal part of brushing your teeth? This is not the truth.
Bleeding gums are in fact a sign of gingivitis, an infection that can lead to a more serious condition called periodontitis. The bacteria resulting from periodontitis is known to contribute to heart attacks, strokes, poor diabetes control, and certain cancers. They are now even thought to contribute to Alzheimer's disease as well.
If you were to stretch all of your gum tissue out flat, it would end up being about the size of our hand. If you had an infection the size of your hand anywhere else on your body, wouldn’t you get it treated? Our mouths should be no different. The next time your gums bleed when you brush or floss, make it a point to have a conversation with your dentist. It just might save your life.