Is Brushing Bad for Bleeding Gums?

This is a Myth!

On the surface this myth might make sense — if your gums are bleeding it seems logical that you would leave them alone until they heal. But when it comes to your gums, the opposite is true. When your gums bleed, it’s a sign that plaque and food particles are accumulating along your gum line and the gums have become irritated and inflamed. You need to brush if you want the bleeding to stop. Your gums might also bleed if you’re flossing harshly or flossing for the first time, or the first time in a while, and your gums aren’t used to it.

swollen gums

The key is to brush and floss regularly and gently. Dentists recommend holding your toothbrush so that the bristles are at a 45-degree angle to your teeth, with the bristles pointing toward your gums. This is the most effective way to remove gum line plaque by brushing. When you floss, gently slide the floss back and forth, following the curve of the tooth, until it slips between your teeth. It may take some time, but eventually the bleeding and soreness will go away.

We all know that swollen, sore gums are not only a painful nuisance, but they could be a sign that something more serious is going on. The most common culprit is inadequate oral care leading to a buildup of bacteria and eventually plaque and then tartar. What follows tartar buildup is gingivitis, a condition in which your gums become swollen and inflamed. When your gums are in this condition, brushing could lead to bleeding. If this continues, it can lead to an even more serious condition called periodontitis, or gum disease.

Gum disease is a serious thing, but it can be treated if you catch it in time and step up your oral hygiene.

Call for an exam today.

J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: (704) 948-1300

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