Bleeding gums after brushing or flossing, or simply at random times, may be a sign of unhealthy oral tissues. Many people think bleeding gums is normal, particularly after flossing their teeth, but it is usually a signal to change your oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist. Regardless of the cause, your bleeding gums are a warning sign.
Here, I explain what patients should do if their gums bleed:
The best way to prevent bleeding gums is to pay attention to good oral hygiene. This includes brushing the teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and visiting the dentist at least every six months.
It is also important to use a toothbrush with soft bristles. Brushing the teeth after every meal may be necessary for people with gum disease, in order to keep the gums as clean as possible and prevent bleeding gums. Eating healthy, drinking plenty of water, and avoiding sugary foods and beverages also contributes to good oral health.
If you have bleeding gums during or after flossing, or at other times, please make an appointment to check your teeth and gum health and determine the right approach to prevention.
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