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Why do my gums bleed right before my period?

Carol Jahn
Dentist

Hormonal changes make the gum tissue more sensitive to plaque and this can cause bleeding. The best way to prevent this from happening is to step up your daily oral care routine. Make sure you brush for two minutes and are cleaning in between your teeth every day. If flossing is difficult, there are many other effective, easy to use products available including interproximal brushes, toothpicks, floss aids, and a Water Flosser. The healthier your mouth is, the less likely for the tissue to become sensitive and bleed in response to your hormonal fluctuations.

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