Why Do Your Gums Bleed When You Floss?

Posted on August 24, 2009 @ 5:38 pm

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Have you ever seen a tinge of pink in the sink and wondered to yourself, “Why do my gums bleed when flossing?” This is a question asked by many people, and with good reason. It is an incredibly important one. Bleeding gums are nothing to take lightly. We are going to discuss the many reasons why throughout the course of this article.

You see, bleeding gums  can be one of the first signs of gum disease. It may be just starting or it may already be pronounced. Contrary to popular belief, gum disease does not just happen to older people. It does not just happen to adults, teenagers, or young children either. It can affect people of all ages, people of any age. Basically, if you do not take proper care of your teeth by regularly brushing, flossing, and use of a dental irrigator, you may be at risk.

Bleeding while flossing or brushing can point to gum disease, which can also be known as periodontal disease. What happens is that the tissues and the bones surrounding and supporting your teeth become infected. Try using an oral irrigator for better results. If periodontal disease goes untreated for too long, your teeth can become loose. You can even lose them!

Primarily, bleeding gums are the most visible sign of the gum disease or gingivitis. Fortunately, this is one form of periodontal disease which can be reversed with surprising ease. You will want to talk to your dentist at the first sign of blood, especially if you experience other symptoms. Some of these include tender gums, or if your gums are red and puffy.

That being said, sometimes you may be flossing a bit too hard. It is possible to have sensitive gums, but you never want to explain away any blood on your own. Talk to your dentist and get a check up – and remember to brush at least twice a day.

Author: Scott Wells recommends the book: What You Should Know about Gum Disease for those seeking more information on this topic. ISBN: 978-0981485508

Disclaimer: If you have or think you might have gum disease or any other health problem, please visit your doctor or periodontist for advice, diagnosis and treatment. This article is for information purposes only and does not intend to provide advice, diagnosis or treatment for any health condition.







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