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Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

November 28, 2022
Posted By: Bridge Dental Care
A toothbrush over a sink with blood from bleeding gums

Bleeding gums is a sign of gum disease, which is also called periodontal disease. Poor oral hygiene is the leading cause. When you don’t brush and floss well, bacteria build up on your teeth and around your gum line, causing inflammation and infection characterized by bleeding, swelling, and redness.

If your gum disease isn’t addressed, your gums will start to pull away from your teeth, creating deeper pockets for bacteria to hide. Eventually, your weakened gums won't be able to support your teeth and you will experience loose teeth. In fact, gum disease is the #1 cause of adult tooth loss.

How to Treat Bleeding Gums

As soon as you notice your gums bleeding, you should step up your oral hygiene routine. Brush twice a day for at least two minutes and floss once every day. Limit sugary foods and beverages, such as candy, cookies, cake, pastries, juice, coffee drinks, and potato chips. Improved oral hygiene and diet should result in improved gum health, and the bleeding should stop.

You should also book a cleaning and exam with your dentist if it’s been longer than six months. If we diagnose you with moderate-to-advanced gum disease, we may need to do a deep cleaning. We’ll remove tartar (which is hardened plaque) from below your gum line and other areas where it has accumulated.

If you smoke, use certain medications, or have underlying health conditions, you’re at a higher risk for developing periodontal disease. Daily brushing and flossing, a balanced diet, and regular visits to the dentist are especially important if you want to prevent bleeding gums.

Periodontal Care in Chattanooga, TN

Please contact us today to schedule an appointment at Bridge Dental Care so Dr. Modi can check out your gum health and answer any questions you have about your oral health habits. We would be delighted to hear from you.


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