If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

bleeding gums Decatur

If your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, should you drop flossing from your dental health routine? We’re asked about this from time to time at Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL.

Our answer is short and right to the point: “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never made flossing a habit, your gums might bleed the first few times you do it. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding usually stops within a week or two.

Gum disease is extremely common, and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for good dental health.

At Decatur Smiles in Decatur AL we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular checkups. We treat gum disease. Patients from all over North Athens, East Mooresville, and South Cullman come to us for general dentistry services, and much more. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Decatur Smiles:

256-580-7240

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

1316 Somerville Rd SE Ste 2
Decatur, Alabama
35601

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