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What can I do for bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums are a sign of gingivitis and periodontal disease. The bleeding is a result of inflammation from plaque and tartar building up on your teeth. Good oral hygiene consisting of brushing and flossing can help bleeding gums. Any tartar that has accumulated needs to be removed by a dentist or dental hygienist. See your dentist if you have bleeding gums. 

Carol Jahn
Dentist

Bleeding is most often a sign of gingivitis or gum disease. In many cases, you can stop the bleeding by improving your home care. In addition to tooth brushing, cleaning between your teeth is essential. One product that has a strong scientific track record for controlling bleeding gums is a pulsating water flosser. Pulsating water can reach deeper between the teeth and under the gum line than traditional floss to disrupt bacteria and remove plaque. Studies have found that people who add a water flosser to tooth brushing improve their oral health in as little as two weeks. 

It depends on why your gums are bleeding. In many cases, bleeding gums can be a sign of gingivitis, the early stage of periodontal disease. If your gums bleed easily or bleed when you brush, talk to your dentist about your oral health. Gingivitis is reversible and preventable. Always remember to brush your teeth twice a day, floss once a day and schedule regular dental visits.

If your gums bleed constantly or enough to worry you, make an appointment with your dentist or physician. It could be a sign that something else is wrong.

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