Your gums should not bleed during or after brushing or flossing. It is not normal and there is always an underlying cause. It may be something as simple as having brushed too hard or flossed too deeply into the gum tissue or it may mean the onset of gingivitis which is the early stage of gum disease. Whatever you do, keep brushing, just slow down and go gently. If it is gingivitis not brushing and flossing will only make things worse.

See your dentist asap so that he can determine what’s causing your gums to bleed. It could be a sign of an infection that should be treated right away. If gingivitis is diagnosed it can be treated with a professional cleaning and controlled by revamping your dental health routine. Plaque buildup is what leads to gum disease. If the plaque is not removed it will calcify at which point your hygienist will have to be more aggressive to remove what has now become tartar, meaning she will be doing more scraping.

When you visit your dentist be sure to mention any new medications that you have recently begun taking. Some prescribed, as well as over the counter medicines can sometimes provoke bleeding gums. Whatever the cause it’s best to deal with it right away.

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