Problems with your teeth, gums or soft tissues including the tongue might be a hint of broader health concerns.

Key takeaways:

– When brushing your teeth, blood could indicate inflamed gums (due to plaque along the gum line) and periodontal disease.

– Excess sugar in saliva may stimulate bacteria and decay, and is associated with diabetes.

– Untreated gingivitis leads to periodontitis, exposed roots and pockets of infection(s) in addition to higher risks of cardiac problems.

Seeing your dentist for regular checkups is the best way to monitor your overall health.

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