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Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss? - Ranchlands Dental - Professional Cleaning Services Calgary

Have Bleeding Gums got you worried about your dental health?  NW Calgary General Dentists at Ranchlands Dental are frequently asked by patients ‘why do my gums bleed when I floss’?  Well the truth of the matter is that your gums bleed when you floss because you might not be flossing as frequently or effectively as needed – and the result is a buildup of bacteria that’s irritating gum tissue.

Bleeding Gums or Gingivitis is an inflammatory response.  Bacteria that live in plaque irritate gum tissue; causing gums to swell and become puffy and to bleed when even the slightest amount of pressure is applied (brushing and flossing).  And the irony of the situation is the worst thing you can do is to avoid brushing and flossing in an attempt improve the situation – when in fact more diligent home care is needed to effectively remove plaque from tooth surfaces.

Ineffective brushing and glossing enables food remnants that are stuck in between teeth and under the gum to remain there – surviving in their ideal environment – warm and moist – and decomposing to a bacterial state.  Then, when you eat more food and some gets wedged between teeth the bacteria feeds off this new source of nourishment – releasing acids which erode tooth tissue and cause gums to become more and more inflamed.  Brushing and flossing isn’t done just to keep your teeth white and your breath smelling great – it is performed to remove food remnants and plaque – the source of gum irritation.

Toothbrushes do a great job of removing debris from tooth surfaces and from the tongue (remember to brush your tongue).  But Dental Floss is the key player when it comes to removing plaque from between teeth and below the gum line – a place that bacteria love to hang out.  Gum tissue fits like a collar around the neck of a tooth, and it’s in the collar area that food particles can get lodged.  Without regular flossing the resulting bacteria irritate the gum to the point of it pulling away from the tooth in an attempt to escape the irritation.  In pulling away, gum tissue forms a pocket, another accessible place for bacteria to buildup in.  Left undiagnosed and treated – Periodontal Disease becomes an issue – where not just gum tissue is involved but also the bone supporting the tooth.

Do your smile a favor and brush and floss at least twice a day – your gums will thank you for it.  And if you’ve avoided seeing your hygienist for a professional cleaning – now’s the time to make an appointment. Contact Ranchlands Dental today 403.239.5212 – Welcoming New Patients

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