Why Your Gums Bleed When You Floss

Many patients come to us complaining that their gums bleed when they floss. Some think it is because they are applying too much pressure or maybe it is the quality of their floss.

The truth is you might not be doing it as frequently as you should or there may be some underlying condition such as gum disease or gingivitis.

Here are some of the reasons why your gums bleed while flossing:

1.  Smoking:

We all know smoking is bad for us and it harms our gums. Due to toxins present in the cigarettes, smokers are at a much higher risk for gum disease. If you kick your smoking habit you will see a change in days and weeks.

2.  Unhealthy diet:

Your diet contributes largely towards a better immune system and overall heath. Minerals and vitamins in your food are essential for your gum health.

3.  Brushing:

You may not be brushing your teeth twice a day which is recommended for good gum health by dentists.

4.  Medication:

Some drugs with blood thinning side effects also cause bleeding gums. If the bleeding persists you should really talk to your consulting physician.

5.  Poor oral hygiene: 

When you aren’t flossing frequently or properly, plaque can build up in between your teeth and along the gum line. If this is left untreated, it will turn into a hard layer of tarter which will cause gingivitis.      

If you experience bleeding gums that lasts for more than a week you should come see us at Rogoff Dental Group. No matter what the cause is, we will do a complete checkup till your satisfaction and recommend you a treatment. Make sure you have your regular dental visit to avoid any tarter buildup. Call us up, and we would be happy to clean up your tarter for you!