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Many people think it’s normal for gums to bleed a little during a tooth-brushing session. This is not true! In fact, bleeding gums can be an indicator of gum disease in various stages. This is a common problem; advanced gum disease affects over 40 percent of adults over 30 in the United States.

Some people have greater risk of getting gum disease than other people. If you have these risk factors in your life, you are more susceptible to gum disease:

Stress: High levels of stress over long periods of time can impede your immune system. This reduces your ability to fight off infection, including gum disease. Stress can also lead to clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping (a condition known as bruxism) or introduce problems with your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Bruxism and TMJ disorders make it difficult to take care of your smile.

Poor Diet: A severe lack of Vitamin C in your diet can lead to bleeding gums and a host of other problems in a disease known as “scurvy.” Eating a balanced diet loaded with vitamins and minerals can help your immune system protect your body from many diseases, including periodontal disease.

For more information or an appointment with our periodontist, call Custom Periodontics in Fort Worth, Texas, at 817-738-2334. Dr. Shelby Nelson and our team look forward to seeing you and helping your gums stay healthy!