Unfortunately, in 2016 some people still have the idea that “if it does not hurt, there is not a problem.”  This is especially true in dentistry.  Many believe it is normal to floss and have bleeding gums, even once in awhile.   This “pink in the sink”, as a popular tooth paste brand calls bleeding gums, is an infection and infection is not healthy.  Bleeding gums is not usually associated with pain but is an indicator of problems that affect ones’ overall health.

Bleeding gums is called gingivitis, and gingivitis is the earliest form of gum disease.  It occurs daily when plaque (a sticky film of bacteria and other substances) accumulates on the teeth near the gums. If gingivitis is present, you are missing a lot of plaque while completing your daily routine of oral hygiene. 

High levels of plaque may also lead to cavities (an infection in your tooth). Most cavities are pain free until they get down to the nerves and blood vessels in the tooth’s pulp chamber.  By this time the tooth may die.  This may cause great pain, discomfort, and much more costly treatment. 

Recently scientists have discovered significant links between oral health and your overall health.  For example, chronic bleeding gums raise your body’s C - reactive proteins.  These high C-reactive proteins are a precursor for cardiovascular disease.  Other health problems associated with poor oral health are stroke, uncontrolled diabetes, osteoporosis, respiratory disease, Alzheimer’s disease, premature child birth, and many more that are being researched.

If you see a dentist on a regular three to six month basis, you will receive routine screenings for blood pressure, cancer, and periodontal disease, as well as cleaning and checking your teeth.  Your screening helps you stay healthy and keep your teeth for a lifetime.  If you have any questions please contact me at or visit our website at