While there are many reasons your gums could bleed while brushing or flossing, Batavia dentist Ronald Murphy DMD advises that any bleeding is too much bleeding.
“Bleeding in your mouth is a sign of an active infection,” Murphy said. “Put it this way – if you brush your arm and it bleeds, you would be worried, right? The same goes for your mouth. (If) you brush your teeth and gums (and) they bleed, it is telling you to focus on these areas.”
The American Dental Association advises that bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, which is the early stage of periodontal disease, but that if your gums bleed easily or bleed when you brush, you should talk to your dentist about oral health.
Dr. Murphy, who practices at 1605 W. Wilson St., Suite 114, said bleeding can also be caused by plaque build-up (white film that grows on your teeth each day), getting food stuck, tartar or calculus (plaque that hardens over time), brushing too hard and flossing too hard.
According to the American Dental Association, if you have just started a new flossing routine, your gums may bleed a little until they get used to cleaning between the teeth, but that it usually goes away after about a week. If your gums are bleeding from brushing too hard, the American Dental Association advises using an extra-soft or soft-bristled toothbrush when brushing.
Dr. Murphy said to fix or prevent bleeding, people need to brush two times every day and c-shape flossing daily, in addition to routine check-ups at the dental office.
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