Brushing & Flossing Techniques

Bleeding Gums When Brushing & Flossing, What Can You Do?

Experiencing bleeding gums while brushing or flossing does happen, and can sometimes be cause for concern. However, there are various reasons as to why this could be happening. 

Consulting your dentist or hygienist is the best place to start, so that you are able to treat the issue before it worsens. 

A poor oral hygiene routine is often the cause of this problem, which is why having a proper brushing and flossing routine is very important. A daily routine of brushing and flossing twice daily is the best start to having healthy gums and reducing the chances of bleeding gums. Along with routine, having the proper technique to brushing will aid in creating healthier gums. 

Holding your brush at a 45-degree angle and brushing in circular motions as opposed to back-and-forth motions, which are not as effective, Vigorous brushing may also do more harm than good, be aware of the way you brush your teeth. Continued improper oral hygiene can also lead to gum and periodontal disorders, such as gingivitis. Your hygienist is a great person to ask for tips to improve your brushing and flossing routines. 

Bleeding gums can also be a symptom of gum disease, which is a serious matter and does require the attention of your dentist. Build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth can irritate your gums and cause them to bleed. Without regular scheduled dental visits, this can lead to advanced forms of gum disease. Gum disease is treatable with proper dental visits and continued brushing and flossing at home. 

Having the proper tools at home for creating a healthy mouth is very important. Having a soft-bristled toothbrush is a much better option than one with stiff bristles. A firm-bristled toothbrush is known to wear away tooth enamel and irritate gums. Other good options are to choose an electric toothbrush, which can further help create healthier teeth and gums. Your dental hygienist is the best person to speak with regarding the type of electric toothbrush to choose. Along with a proper toothbrush, flossing and even adding a mouth wash to your daily routine can also aid in preventing bleeding gums. 

Town Crest Dental can provide you with more information regarding this issue and will apply the appropriate treatment. We are a dental clinic in Fort Saskatchewan and can help with wisdom teeth extractions, Botox treatments and more, so if you are looking for a reputable dentist you can trust, give us a call now!