Bleeding gums indicate trouble and ignoring them could put you at risk for other illnesses such as heart disease, stroke, respiratory disorders, and premature or low birth-weight babies. Oral infection can also affect blood sugar levels, making it difficult to control diabetes.
Over time, a buildup of bacteria collects at the gum line as plaque, and if not removed on a daily basis eventually hardens on the teeth forming calculus or tartar. If left untreated, infective bacteria can enter the bloodstream from the gums and travel to other parts of the body potentially causing other types of health problems.
Fortunately, with regular and proper oral care, gum disease can be controlled or even reversed. Professional dental hygiene cleaning can remove tartar and help control bacteria. Remember, your dental hygienist can help you take action before the condition become serious.