Why Do My Gums Bleed After Flossing?

Most individuals have heard that bleeding gums are a sign of trouble, but what if the bleeding only occurs when flossing? That’s normal, right? Not necessarily. Whenever bleeding becomes commonplace, there is reason to consult your dentist. Even though they are provoked, the gums should show very little sign of bleeding. Once cleared by the dentist, then you can take other measures to correct the issue.

Among the first questions that you should be asking yourself in this situation is ‘am I flossing regularly?’ If the answer is no, then the problem could be one of the gums being unfamiliar with the routine. As it is done more and more often, the bleeding should begin to slow and then stop all together.

Even if done regularly, if done incorrectly flossing can cause bleeding. This act should be a gentle one and if done too hard, then the gums can be cut. This will also defeat the purpose, because using the improper procedure will likely fail to remove the plaque and bacteria which are the goal of flossing. To ensure that you are not a cause of the bleeding, wrap a long section of floss around the middle finger of each hand and then pinch each end between the index fingers and thumbs. This act will give the support needed to guide the floss gently into place. You can continue to unwrap and rewrap to reveal new sections of floss as needed. The string should move against the side surface of each tooth and slightly under the gum line. The dentist will be able to help if you are having trouble getting this procedure right.

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