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Why Do My Gums Bleed While Flossing?

November 17, 2021
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Posted By: Downtown Dental
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Bleeding gums while flossing can have different causes, from the serious to the benign. Your dentist in New Orleans, LA can evaluate your teeth and gums if bleeding is a persistent or recurring issue.

Simple Reasons Your Gums May Be Bleeding

If you take excellent care of your smile—visiting the dentist on schedule for exams and teeth cleanings and brushing and flossing regularly—bleeding may have a benign cause. For example, you may be tugging too hard with your dental floss, irritating and even scratching gum tissue.  

You may also be brushing too vigorously with your toothbrush or using a hard-bristled brush that can irritate the gums; bleeding may only show up when you floss, but your toothbrush can still be the culprit.

More serious complications include gingivitis or periodontal disease.

Gingivitis and Periodontal Care in New Orleans

Gingivitis is a precursor to a more severe condition called periodontal disease. With gingivitis or periodontal disease, you may notice some or all of the following:

  • Bleeding gums, especially when brushing and flossing
  • A bad taste in the mouth that does not improve after brushing
  • Loose, mobile teeth, or sudden tooth loss
  • Gum pocketing or an elongated appearance to the teeth
  • Tooth pain or red, swollen gums

With professional dental care, gingivitis is a reversible condition. However, when it escalates to periodontal disease, it is much harder to treat.

Fortunately, we offer periodontal treatment in our dental office, which can improve your gum health and save your teeth.

Without treatment, periodontal disease can cause heart health complications and has even been linked to Alzheimer’s disease and other health issues.  

Lower Your Risk for Periodontal Disease

Regular dental care is your best defense against gingivitis and periodontal disease. Ideally, we should see you twice per year for best results. It’s also important to brush and floss at least twice every day.

Bleeding Gums in New Orleans? Contact Our Dentist Today

Your dentist should always evaluate oral health changes. So reach out today to schedule a visit.

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