Why Do Gums Bleed After Flossing?

woman flossing teeth

Not all gums bleed after flossing. If yours do, it may be an indication to floss more often.

Causes of Gum Bleeding

Post-flossing, your gums may bleed because of:

  • Underlying medical concerns
  • Plaque build-up
  • Tartar

Also read: The Importance of Flossing

How to Keep Gums from Bleeding After Flossing

1. Keep on Flossing Regularly

It’s normal for gums to bleed if you’ve never flossed before. It may be due to gum inflammation caused by food getting stuck in between teeth and along the gumline.

Keep flossing, and the bleeding should stop within 1-2 weeks. Stopping will only cause more inflammation and tenderness, bringing about gum disease.

2. Rinse-Off Bacteria

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and gargle salt water. Sometimes, it’s leftover bacteria in the oral cavity that causes gums to be swollen. Dentists may also suggest using specific mouthwashes for a short term period but best to get their advice before buying any off the shelf.

3. Eat a Balanced Diet

Make sure to include foods rich in vitamins C and K in your diet to support teeth and gum health. Examples are:

  • Green leafy vegetables
  • Cauliflower
  • Broccoli
  • Fish
  • Orange
  • Strawberry
  • Kiwi
  • Yellow, red, or green pepper
  • Sweet potato

How to Floss

  1. Cut a length of floss about 18 inches long.
  2. Wind each end around your middle fingers leaving about two inches to work with.
  3. Hold the floss with your thumbs and forefingers and thumbs as you thread between teeth.
  4. Gently glide the floss at the side of a tooth, moving up then away from the gumline. Be careful not to scrape gum off and be sure to reach areas where your toothbrush cannot.
  5. The middle section of the floss will get dirty as you clean in between your teeth and gums. Just unwind from one finger for a clean section.

Read more: Is flossing really necessary?

Visit Rockingham Dental Today

If flossing doesn’t solve your teeth or gum problems, it’s time to see the dentist. At Rockingham Dental Centre, we specialise in a wide range of dental services, including:

  • Hygiene and preventive care
  • Emergency dental
  • Root canal therapy
  • Orthodontic Treatment
  • Oral surgery and treatment sedation
  • Crowns, bridges, implants
  • Mouth and night guards
  • Cosmetic dentistry
Dr. Hari Menon

Dr. Hari Menon

Hari is an owner of Rockingham Dental Centre. A graduate from the University of Western Australia, Hari’s dental career has taken him as far as Darwin where he has had experience in many rural areas with indigenous communities. He has also completed numerous hours of continuing education with an emphasis on aesthetic dentistry ranging from ceramic inlays/onlays, veneers, crowns and restorations for implants. He is always eager for the latest tech and gadgets available on the market.

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