Is it normal for my gums to bleed when I brush and floss?
No. This is not normal.
If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, this is more than likely an early sign of gum disease, also called periodontal disease.
In its early stages, gum disease is called gingivitis, and it is highly treatable. Later on, when gum disease is more advanced—called periodontitis—it can be managed, but the health of your teeth is at risk. Gum disease is the leading cause of tooth loss among adults in this country.
In many cases, however, gums don’t bleed even when gum disease is present. Periodontal disease often presents with no symptoms at all, and the only way to know for sure if your gums are healthy is to visit the dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings.
Good home care is also important to keep gum disease from developing, so brushing and flossing regularly are crucial.
If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, give Downtown Dental a call immediately and make an appointment for a checkup. The earlier gum disease is treated, the better the outcome. If it’s been a while since your last dental appointment, let us help you get back on track for good oral health!