Is it bad that my gums bleed when I floss?
Bleeding during flossing and brushing can happen for several different reasons. It's important to identify what is causing the bleeding to determine how severe the issue is. A couple of reasons why you may bleed when brushing and flossing is if you are using too much pressure or force when brushing or if the bristles of your toothbrush are too firm. Changing your toothbrush or improving your technique may be enough to solve this issue. Our hygiene team will be more than happy to discuss proper oral hygiene or recommend a brush that works best for you.
Another, more concerning, reason why gums may bleed could be due to periodontal disease, a chronic infection that can do serious, irreversible damage to your gum tissue and the bone beneath. According to the CDC, approximately 50% of American adults have periodontal disease, so you're not alone. With early detection and diagnosis, prompt treatment will help to resolve it. If the disease is more advanced, treatment will help to halt the progression of the disease and then we can discuss options to repair the damage.
If you have noticed any bleeding during brushing and flossing please call our Glenview dental office for an evaluation so we can determine the most appropriate treatment for you.
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