Do your gums often bleed from flossing? Although this is a normal occurrence sometimes, here are many factors that could be causing your gums to bleed:
• Brushing too hard. Do you apply a lot of pressure when you brush your
teeth? You shouldn’t have to dig into your mouth to clean your teeth.
Ease up by switching your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand.
incorrectly. If you brush your teeth using a back-and-forth motion,
you’re doing it wrong. Brush up and down or in small circles to avoid
irritating your gums.
• Using the wrong toothbrush. How firm are your
toothbrush bristles? Most people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes.
Try switching to see if it helps alleviate your discomfort.
brushing/flossing often enough. Has it been a long time since you last
brushed or flossed? If so, it could take about a week or so before your
mouth is used to being scrubbed and prodded at. If this doesn’t take
care of the bleeding schedule a dental appointment immediately as you
may have an infection called Gingivitis or Periodontitis that needs to
be treated right away.
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