If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

Posted by ARDEN DENTAL CARE on Jul 24 2015, 10:19 AM

If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

Bleeding is most likely a hint that your teeth and gums need to be more thoroughly cleaned, not less. So you should continue to floss because you can’t clean between teeth efficiently without flossing. Visit Arden Dental Care in Sacramento, CA, to obtain the best dental treatment and care available.

What Is Flossing?

Some foods get caught between our teeth, causing plaque buildup and, in the long run, dental problems. A toothbrush cannot reach all of the areas between the teeth and remove the food particles stuck there. In this case, dental floss proves useful.

Flossing can aid in the prevention of plaque formation and the preservation of your teeth. It is a type of interdental cleaning that can help you enhance your oral hygiene practice.

Flossing Method

Wrap an 18-inch piece of floss over your middle fingers, leaving at least 2 inches of floss to work with. The floss must be placed between the forefinger and thumb. Make sure it's tightly secured. Then slide the floss between your teeth in an up-down motion. When it comes to the gum line, flossing should be done lightly and softly. The gum lines are sensitive, and flossing the area too hard may cause gum line injury.

What Should You Do if Flossing Causes Your Gums to Bleed?

Flossing may appear to be doing more harm than good, but with enough effective flossing, the bleeding will stop. Continue flossing unless there is a systemic disease or significant physical injury to the gum tissue. 

The majority of patients will quit flossing a place that bleeds when they floss. If your gums bleed during flossing, brush and floss the area more frequently. Then have your dentist examine it. 

If after a few days of flossing, your gums still bleed when flossing, you should consult a dentist. Allow our dentist to check your flossing technique and whether or not gum treatment is required.

Benefits of Flossing Your Teeth

  • Periodontal diseases are known to be prevented by regular dental flossing.
  • Brushing is inefficient and ineffective.
  • It is one of the most popular types of preventive dental care.
  • It cleans the teeth by removing food particles and destroying plaque and tartar buildup.
  • It eliminates numerous types of bacterial colonies in your mouth.
  • It also prevents oral disorders associated with bad breath.

What if you keep flossing for a few weeks and still notice bleeding? Book a consultation with Arden Dental Care at 916-481-2001 or visit at 1832 Avondale Ave Ste 1, Sacramento, CA 95825. 

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