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How to Stop Gum Bleeding While Flossing

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Do your gums sometimes bleed while you’re flossing your teeth? It may surprise you to learn that this commonly indicates early-stage gum disease. But don’t panic. There are things you can do to stop your gums from bleeding by improving your daily dental routine. Here’s what you need to know.

Bleeding Gums & Gingivitis

If your gums bleed while you’re flossing, you have gingivitis, which means your gums are irritated and inflamed. Gingivitis will worsen over time if left untreated and could negatively affect the health of the teeth and bones of your mouth. So don’t let it get to this place. Once you notice blood, it’s time to take action.

What to Do If Your Gums Bleed

Although it’s alarming to see that flossing causes bleeding, don’t stop flossing your teeth! Poor daily dental hygiene is probably what caused your gums to become inflamed in the first place. We recommend using gentleness while flossing, but to make sure you’re still flossing every day. Consider investing in a water flosser to help stimulate blood flow in your gums. Additionally, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush twice a day for two minutes each time with a fluoride-containing toothpaste. And rinse your mouth daily with a alcohol-free gingivitis-fighting mouthwash.

Consult with Our Expert Team!

We take your gum health seriously and we want you to do the same. Any changes to the appearance or feel of your teeth and gums matter to us! So if you have noticed bleeding gums, schedule a professional cleaning and checkup at our dental office in Henderson, NV. We can help guide you in the right direction to make sure you’re on the right track to healthier gums.

In the meantime, taking great care of your teeth is a necessity. Brush, floss, and rinse daily to improve the health of your gums. You can turn the damage around with a little help from us.