At Kevin F. Postol, DDS, our team is committed to giving each one of our patients the attention and care they deserve. When you are in our office, we will listen to your oral hygiene needs and do everything we can to treat you individually. We are also committed to providing our patients with education on how to have better oral hygiene. One issue that our patients often ask about is bleeding gums when they brush or floss. Here is an overview of this issue, its causes, and what to do if this happens to you.
Why do gums bleed after you brush and floss?
Have you ever been flossing your teeth and noticed that your gums were starting to bleed a little? This can be a bit shocking, and it might lead you to believe that flossing makes your gums bleed. Maybe your gums started bleeding after even brushing your teeth as this can also happen. It is not actually brushing or flossing that is the root cause of this. While brushing and flossing can make the bleeding start, it is not normal for gums to bleed after regular, gentle brushing and flossing. If they are bleeding, it is likely due to the early onset of gingivitis.
Bleeding gums are often caused by plaque not being removed often enough. Plaque is full of germs which go after the healthy, normal tissue and cause gums to get infected. These germs can weaken the gum tissue and cause bleeding when you brush or floss. This is called gingivitis. Gingivitis is also known as the first step, or stage, of gum disease.
Since gingivitis usually does not hurt, you might not even notice you have it. Bleeding gums might be the only symptom you have. So, while brushing and flossing might cause your gums to bleed, it is not a reason to stop brushing and flossing. In fact, this symptom shows up often during flossing if you are not a person who flosses regularly.
What should you do?
If you have noticed this happening to you, please come into the office to see us. We can treat gingivitis and help you make a treatment plan to prevent the issue from getting worse and becoming periodontal disease.
Schedule an Appointment
At Kevin F. Postol, DDS, we provide gingivitis and gum disease treatment. If your gums bleed while you are brushing and flossing, give us a call to make an appointment. Our friendly staff will be happy to help.