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You probably know how important it is to remove plaque and you’ve probably heard that you should brush and floss every day—but do you know why?

Unfortunately, if you don’t remove plaque from your smile, you could have to deal with a number of difficulties. One of the main problems with plaque is that it can harden into tartar after about a day. Sadly, tartar causes many of the same issues as plaque does. Once this happens, you’ll need to visit a dentist to remove it.

Sadly, if plaque—or tartar—aren’t dealt with, you may have to deal with a variety of problems. Not removing plaque well enough could lead to gum disease, irritated gums, sensitive teeth, and damage to the jawbone. Unfortunately, the issues don’t stop in your mouth.

Plaque buildup can lead to overall health problems, including heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, cancer, erectile dysfunction, and dementia. To avoid these problems, it’s extremely important to remove plaque from your smile. This means you’ll have to floss thoroughly every day.

But what do you do if your gums bleed? In reality, bleeding gums can be caused by any of several factors. For instance, bleeding gums can be an indicator of gum disease. Fortunately, with good, consistent oral care—and a professional cleaning—this issue could clear up on its own. However, if gum disease reaches advanced stages, a dentist may need to offer you other solutions.

You may also deal with bleeding gums if you are taking medications that reduce clotting. If this is the case, speak to your dentist for specific help. Similarly, if you’ve just started flossing, your gums may bleed for a little while. However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop within a week, please contact our dentist. Finally, you could have a toothbrush that’s too hard. Hard bristles can aggravate your gums, making them more susceptible to bleeding.

If you would like to learn more—or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Dennis Burrell— please feel free to contact us at 253-564-7645.