Do your gums bleed when you brush your teeth? You’re far from alone. According to a study conducted by the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) in 1999, more than half of American aged 30 and above have bleeding gums.
Bleeding is usually a sign that your gums are infected with bacteria, and ignoring this symptom can have serious health consequences. Believe it or not, periodontal diseases—which include conditions such as gingivitis—are linked with problems such as heart disease, diabetes, premature labor, and respiratory illness.
Luckily, preventing such issues can be as simple as flossing at least once a day. This habit rids your gums of plaque, a sticky substance that forms between your teeth and acts as a hotbed for bacteria. When you skip flossing, you will end up requiring periodontal treatment. Read more on this article: