If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

If your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, should you drop flossing from your dental health routine? We’re asked about this from time to time at Harris Dental in Phoenix.

Our answer is short and right to the point: “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly, not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never made flossing a habit, your gums might bleed the first few times you do it. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding usually stops within a week or two.

Gum disease is extremely common, and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for good dental health.

At Harris Dental in Phoenix we want all our patients to brush and floss twice a day, and see us for regular checkups. We treat gum disease. Patients from all over Queen Creek, Scottsdale, and Mesa come to us for general and cosmetic dentistry, and much more. Request an appointment with us today!

Contact Harris Dental:

480-428-0040

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

4444 N 32 St Ste 208
Phoenix, Arizona
85018

 

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