“I don’t floss because it makes my gums bleed.” – This may be one of the most frequent reasons that people give for not flossing than any other heard in a dental office. It’s true, if you don’t floss frequently, most people will experience some bleeding. Here are 4 reasons why your gums may be bleeding, and what you can do to fix it!
If you don’t floss regularly, gingivitis can begin to develop. Infrequent flossing will often cause bleeding, because the infection never has a chance to be completely reversed. It can take 2 weeks of flossing at least once a day before bleeding from gingivitis stops.
Active gum disease
Periodontal disease is a condition that develops if gingivitis progresses into bone loss and deep pocket formation around the teeth. Deep 6 or 7 mm pockets can’t be cleaned with floss, so flossing cleans the tops of the pockets but bleeding still continues. Professional gum disease treatment is necessary at this phase in order to prevent tooth loss.
Rough edges of existing restorations
Old fillings or bulky crowns can have large, rough edges that plaque adheres to. It may also cause food to pack between the teeth, constantly irritating the gum tissue. Even regular cleaning may not be able to keep these areas clean enough for inflammation to always be reversed. Replacing the restoration may be needed.
Certain medications or even health conditions like anemia can cause increased gum bleeding. Always review your health history with your dentist, so that the right care measures can be taken during your appointment. Your dentist may also have advice on certain tips to try, regarding your particular condition.
Don’t let bleeding gums keep you from the dentist! It’s your body’s way of telling you something just isn’t right, and it’s time to seek out dental care sooner than later.
Posted on behalf of Dan Myers
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