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When you brush your teeth, do your gums bleed? Many people think that this is normal—but it isn’t! In fact, bleeding gums can be an indicator of various stages of gum disease. Gum disease, also called periodontal disease, is a common problem; advanced gum disease affects over 40 percent of adults over 30 in the United States.

Some individuals have greater risk of getting gum disease than other people. Watch your dental hygiene closely and visit your dentist regularly. If you have these risk factors, you are more likely to get gum disease:

Smoking and Tobacco Use: Using tobacco and smoking are horrendous for your overall health, and are the leading causes of gum disease among adults in the United States. How often and how long you have smoked are directly linked to your risk of gum disease. The longer and more intense the habit, the higher your risk for major periodontal problems.

Poor Diet: A severe deficiency of vitamin C in your diet can lead to bleeding gums and a host of other problems (this condition is called “scurvy”). Eating a balanced, whole-food diet packed with vitamins and minerals can help your immune system protect your body from many diseases, including gum disease.

For more information, call Montes Periodontics & Implant Dentistry in Cumming, Georgia, at 770-781-3685. Dr. Shelly Montes and our team look forward to seeing you and helping your gums stay healthy!