When you brush your teeth do you notice that there’s a little pink in the sink? Some people think that it’s a sign they’re doing a good job of cleaning if their gums are bleeding a little bit, but this is not the case. Healthy gums shouldn’t bleed! So however regularly it may happen, it’s important not to ignore it and to take the right precautions to prevent it from occurring.
One of the most common reasons behind bleeding gums is that there’s plaque around the gum line. To avoid or get rid of this plaque build-up, you should take the time to assess whether your at-home dental routine is up to par.
Make sure you’re brushing twice a day on a regular basis. You should use a soft-bristled toothbrush, rather than a hard-bristled one so you don’t do extra damage to your enamel or gums. Are you flossing every day? Don’t forget to do that too. While it’s not a replacement for brushing, flossing helps remove plaque and food particles underneath the gum line that might be difficult to get rid of with simply brushing.
While it’s crucial that you do your part with maintaining a healthy smile, it’s also necessary to see a dental professional on a regular basis. During those semiannual cleanings, a hygienist can remove any plaque that you may have missed plus any tartar that may have built up. Tartar is a hardened form of plaque that can only be removed by a professional.
Additionally, a dental exam will show whether you’re experiencing any other conditions like gum disease, which can also cause bleeding gums. If you do happen to have gum disease, they can create a treatment plan depending on its severity to fix the issue before it becomes more severe.
If you’re having trouble managing bleeding gums, please contact us at Gentle Dentistry. We offer a variety of oral hygiene services at our Tampa dental office, including periodontal (gum) treatment. When you come in for a check-up, we’ll be able to determine what’s causing the bleeding and what steps you can take to prevent it in the future. Call or email us today!
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