Why Does Flossing Make My Gums Bleed?

Have you ever been flossing and then noticed blood in your mouth? Here, we’ll discuss why flossing makes your gums bleed.

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You Need a New Dental Care Regimen

Sometimes when your gums bleed when you floss it means that you need to step up your at home oral health care. For example, when you first start flossing, your gums will probably bleed which just means that they are getting used to being cleaned. This should go away in about a week and though you might consider stopping flossing when you see the bleeding, keep on going because that’s the only way the bleeding will stop.

There’s a Lot of Plaque Buildup on Your Teeth & Gums

Tied into the reason above, if you’ve just begun to floss your teeth then you probably have to deal with a lot of plaque buildup between the teeth and along the gumline. Plaque is a layer of clear, sticky bacteria that forms on your teeth constantly if it’s not removed by flossing daily it can harden into calculus, which can only be removed by a dentist.

You Have Gingivitis

If you haven’t flossed in a long time and that plaque has been hardening into calculus and tartar, then there is a chance you may have gum disease, also known as gingivitis, or at least the early stages of gingivitis called periodontal disease. This will make your gums and teeth bleed so be sure to look out for that when you’re getting back into flossing and if the bleeding won’t stop it’s time to call your dentist. Additionally, some pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gums that causes these women’s gums to feel tender and swollen.

Other Reasons Why Your Gums May Be Bleeding

There are several other reasons why your gums may be bleeding when you floss. You could have vitamin deficiencies or be taking some medications, like blood thinners, that could cause your gums to bleed. Also, if you brush your teeth too hard it could cause your gums to bleed when you brush and floss. If this is the case, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and try to brush and floss more gently.

If your gums are bleeding when you floss and you think it may be serious, give us a call today to schedule an appointment.

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Why Does Flossing Make My Gums Bleed? was last modified: May 15th, 2019 by Palos Heights Family Dental