Gums Bleeding When Flossing? Here’s What to Do

We all know how important flossing is for our oral health. But for some people, flossing can be an uncomfortable experience. Flossing can cause discomfort for some people, and others even have bleeding when flossing. Are these problems normal, or are they the sign of a bigger issue? Is there a way to floss with less pain? Get the answers in the article below.

Why Are Gums Bleeding When Flossing? 

Flossing is one of the most important ways to clean your teeth, as your toothbrush is not able to reach all of the tooth surfaces on its own. However, flossing can also be painful if you don’t do it correctly. Make sure you gently slide floss in between the teeth, as quick, hard movements can lead to pain and bleeding. Bleeding gums might also mean that you’re not flossing often enough. Floss every day to reap the benefits- without the pain. 

Could It Be Gingivitis? 

Gingivitis is the most common gum disease. It causes red, swollen, and/or inflamed gums. Sometimes, gingivitis can lead to pain and/or bleeding when flossing, too. If you notice changes in your gums or new/worsening pain when flossing, then you might have gingivitis. Luckily, treatments are available and symptoms will improve after you get the disease under control. 

Talking to a Dentist

If you have any oral pain or bleeding, then it’s important to see a dentist. While the issue might have a harmless cause, it might also be the sign of a more serious issue. Early detection and treatment are key in fighting oral diseases, so see your dentist as soon as you notice any unpleasant symptoms. Of course, don’t just go to the dentist when you notice an issue! Schedule a checkup every six months for preventative care. This way, you’ll prevent issues before they arise. 

Protect Your Gum Health Today

Your gums play an important role both in your oral health and also your overall health. Therefore, you should make sure that they are healthy! The Smile Artisans offer a variety of services to protect your gums and treat gum diseases. Call us today to learn more.