Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Brush or Floss?

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While it may be alarming for your gums to start bleeding when you are brushing or flossing, it may be more common than you think. As long as your gums are not bleeding for too long, it is nothing to worry about, however, this means that your gums are trying to tell you something. If you want to know why your gums are bleeding when you brush and floss, we discuss and causes and how to treat this below.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

There are many things that can cause your gums to bleed when you brush. One of the causes could be that there is too much plaque buildup along your gumline and in between your teeth. Another contributor to this could be a calculus (tartar) build up caused by not flossing to remove plaque every day. Calculus is difficult to remove without the help of your dentist, who could also get to the bottom of why your gums are bleeding in the first place.

How to Treat Bleeding Gums

The first step to treating your gums is by visiting your dentist to discover the cause of the bleeding. Another way to help treat bleeding gums is by brushing and flossing every day. Using a mouthwash to kill bacteria that may be in the affected area can also help treat bleeding gums. Mouthwash can help to keep an oral infection from spreading deeper into gums and the roots of your teeth.

Make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes calcium-rich foods that can help develop and maintain strong teeth. If you smoke, consider options to help you quit, and ask your dental hygienist for some tips to make sure you are brushing and flossing your teeth correctly to keep them healthy.

If you want to schedule an appointment to learn more about the causes and treatments of bleeding gums, contact local dentist in Newburgh, Dr. Michael Koumas.

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