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Why Your Gums Bleed when Flossing

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Do you experience tender gums when flossing or even brushing? Learn what causes bleeding gums when flossing, when it’s best to see a dental professional and how to track instances of gum bleeding to help keep your gums in healthy condition.

Causes of Bleeding Gums when Flossing

Gum bleeding is actually a more common instance than most people realize, and may not be a reason for concern, however there are instances of gum bleeding where visiting your dental professional may be best. Below are the common causes of bleeding gums when flossing:

  • Infrequent Flossing: If you don’t floss at least once a day, then your gums may be more prone to bleeding when you do reach for the floss. Aim to brush after meals and floss at least once every day to limit your chances of gum bleeding.

  • Vigorous Flossing: Flossing with too much pressure can cause some gum bleeding to occur. Try flossing gently in between teeth to help limit instance of bleeding gums.

  • Plaque Buildup: Plaque can build up along and below the gum line, especially when a thorough oral care routine is not practiced daily. The buildup can lead to bacteria, tartar buildup, and even gum disease if not taken care of properly.

  • Gum Disease: Gum or periodontal disease can cause gums to bleed. Symptoms can also include red or swollen gums and hypersensitivity when brushing or flossing. See your dental professional right away if you show any signs of gum disease.

Gentler Floss and Flossing Alternatives

When it comes to keeping your gums in good condition, try brushing a minimum of twice a day and flossing at least once a day. To help remove more plaque from between teeth while staying gentle on fingers and gums, try Oral-B Glide Floss.

If your gums are sensitive to traditional floss consider using a water flosser. The Oral-B Aquacare Pro-Expert irrigator featuring Oxyjet Technology features three unique modes: intense, medium, or sensitive so you can pick the water pressure that’s best for you.

Sensitive Gums Oral Care

If you’re more prone to sensitivity, try brushing with an electric toothbrush equipped with a sensitive mode. The Oral-B iO Series 9 not only delivers a gentle clean that’s both thorough and refreshing, but you can also track any instances of gum bleeding with the Oral-B app, only from Oral-B the #1 brand used by dentists worldwide*.

*Based on surveys of a representative worldwide sample of dentists carried out for P&G regularly.

Sources:

https://granddentalgroup.com/why-do-my-gums-bleed-when-i-floss/#:~:text=In%20some%20cases%2C%20patients%20who,teeth%2C%20gum%2C%20and%20tongue.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/324613