Oral health issues can sometimes be a pointer to an underlying health issue. From increased cavities to bleeding gums, consult a doctor or dentist when symptoms occur.
– Plaque buildup on teeth and gums can lead to gum disease.
– Bacteria from gum disease can enter the bloodstream, trigging inflammation that leads to serious medical conditions like heart disease and diabetes.
– Bleeding gums when you brush is a sign of plaque and gum disease.
– Your dentist can detect symptoms of these conditions at your regular exam.
– To prevent plaque and gum disease, brush and floss regularly, and see your dentist every six months for cleanings.
Unless you just started flossing your teeth or you’re brushing too hard (in which case, ease up!), blood in the sink may indicate inflammation of your gum tissue caused by plaque buildup along the gum line.
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