Why do my gums bleed when I brush and floss?

Why do my gums bleed when I brush and floss? Whenever you gums bleed from brushing or flossing, it means that the gum tissue is not healthy. There are a number of reasons that cause your gums to bleed. Here are the most common ones:

Bad Oral Hygiene

If you are lacking in the brushing and flossing department, plaque and tartar will build up even faster around your gums. Over time, it causes the gum tissue to become red, irritated, and bleed.

Brushing Too Hard

Many of us were taught as children to scrub our teeth and the harder we brushed, the better. That is no longer true. The most effective way to brush along the gum line is to gently massage the area with the toothbrush. This will also prevent you from having receding gums.

A Hard Bristle Toothbrush

It is important to make sure your toothbrush has soft-bristles, as hard-bristle toothbrushes can damage your gums.

Food Stuck in Between Your Teeth

After chowing down on a large popcorn at the movies, it is not uncommon to have some kernels stuck in between your teeth. By not flossing immediately, it will cause the gums to become sore and bleed.

Even if your gums are irritated and bleeding, it is still important to continue to brush and floss regularly. If you ever have any concerns, please feel free to give us a call and we would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

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