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Are Gums Supposed to Bleed When Flossing?


Posted on 6/15/2024 by Jason Widner DMD Family Dentistry
enl general flossing 501647507Seeing blood after flossing can be startling, but it does not always mean a critical dental problem. Let us look at the reasons behind bleeding gums and when you should visit your dentist.

Occasional Bleeding Is Not Necessarily Alarming


If you encounter occasional minor bleeding when you first start flossing or after neglecting flossing for some time, gum bleeding is usually not a cause for immediate concern. This slight bleeding often stems from irritated or inflamed gums due to plaque buildup. Consistent flossing helps remove this plaque and soothe the inflammation, leading the bleeding to subside within a few days.

When To Seek Professional Help


You should seek professional dental help if you experience certain symptoms that go beyond the scope of normal oral health issues. Should you find your gums persistently bleeding despite practicing proper flossing techniques and maintaining a regular flossing routine for several days, it is a sign that something more serious, such as gingivitis or early-stage gum disease, might be at play.

Additionally, if you encounter heavy bleeding to the extent that blood visibly runs down your chin or fills your mouth, seek immediate dental evaluation. If the bleeding in your gums is accompanied by other concerning symptoms such as pain, swelling, receding gums, or loose teeth, you should seek professional help without delay. Early diagnosis and treatment of gum disease are key in preventing tooth loss and other potential health complications.

Maintaining Healthy Gums and Preventing Bleeding


You can maintain healthy gums and prevent gum bleeding through simple daily practices. Consistently flossing every day helps remove plaque and food particles from places your toothbrush cannot reach, preventing inflammation. Additionally, master the correct flossing technique, which your dentist can demonstrate, to effectively remove plaque without damaging your gums. You should also brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste to remove plaque and bacteria, thus preventing gum inflammation. Additionally, attending regular dental checkups every six months enables early detection and treatment of gum issues, warding off complications.

Remember, your oral health is intricately linked to your overall health. Contact our dental office as soon as you experience persistent or excessive gum bleeding.

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