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Do Your Gums Bleed When Flossing?

February 5, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — dentaljax @ 5:13 pm

woman flossing her teeth after seeing her dentist in Orange ParkDo you noticed blood-tinged saliva after flossing your teeth? You might think it’s normal, but it’s never a good sign. In some cases, the solution to stop the bleeding may be simple, like changing your oral hygiene routine. Other times, there may be a larger problem brewing beneath the surface, such as an infection. Your dentist in Orange Park will evaluate your smile to determine what’s causing the issue to create the customized treatment plan you need to stop the bleeding.

What Causes Bleeding Gums When Flossing?

If you notice your gums are bleeding after you floss your teeth, you might attribute it to pushing too hard. While this can sometimes be the case, it’s often the result of an infection. Improper brushing and flossing habits can lead to a buildup of plaque and tartar near the gum line. It harbors bacteria, which will infect the gingival tissue. As your gums become red and inflamed, the tissue is also more prone to bleeding when brushing and flossing your teeth.

At first, you might think the bleeding is nothing more than a nuisance; however, you might notice other changes to your oral health. The infection destroys the supporting structures of your teeth, which can ultimately lead to tooth loss. The bacteria can also enter your bloodstream through the pressure of regular chewing. As it circulates throughout your body, it increases your risk of several serious health issues, like cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, and respiratory infections.

How Are Bleeding Gums Treated?

If you’ve noticed your gums are bleeding while you’re flossing, the first step is to evaluate your current oral hygiene methods. If you don’t floss daily, it’s time to implement it into your nightly routine. Also, ensure you’re flossing correctly by not snapping it on your gum tissue when inserting it between your teeth.

If you don’t see an improvement, it’s time to consult your dentist. After an initial consultation, your dentist may recommend a deep cleaning, also known as scaling and root planing. It removes tartar buildup and smooths the root surfaces of your teeth to restore a healthy smile. Your dentist may also suggest changes to your home oral hygiene routine at home and more frequent dental cleanings to maintain a healthy smile.

Besides your oral hygiene habits and care from your dentist, your gum health also relies on a balanced diet. The right nutrition promotes your body’s ability to heal and fight infections to keep your mouth and body healthy.

Treat Your Bleeding Gums

If your gums are bleeding, don’t wait until it’s too late to see your dentist. Take action today to restore a healthy smile.

About Dr. Natasha Patel

Dr. Natasha Patel attending SDM College of Dental Sciences and continued her education at Nova Southeastern University School of Dental Medicine. She strives to make her patients feel comfortable while providing state-of-the-art dental care. Dr. Patel can treat even the most complex issues, like gum disease. If you need periodontal therapy, don’t wait. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment.

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