Do your gums bleed after you brush your teeth? Do you have tenderness and swelling of the gums, too? Experts reveal why maintaining good dental health is so important and what care to take.
"Gums may start to look swollen and turn reddish in color prior to gum bleeding," said Alice G. Boghosian, DDS, consumer adviser and spokesperson for the American Dental Association. She practices at Hagopian & Boghosian Dentistry in Glenview, Illinois. Many women develop bleeding and swollen gums during puberty, pregnancy, menopause and during their monthly menstrual cycle. Erica Lamberg is a contributing reporter for Fox News Digital.
"If you notice blood in the sink when you brush your teeth, and you experience it for more than two weeks, you should consult your dentist, as it’s possible you may be at risk for gum disease."