“Bleeding from the gums is never normal,” says periodontist Sally Cram, D.D.S. It’s actually a red flag for gum disease (a.k.a. gingivitis, or inflammation of the gums), which stems from the buildup of bacteria and plaque on your teeth. You don’t want gum disease—it can weak havoc on your mouth (we’re talking tooth loss) and body (it’s been linked to heart disease, yo).

Aggressive brushing isn’t the only cause of bloody gums .............

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