Most people have noticed some pink in the sink at some point in time, and while having your gums bleed at some point is common, it is still an indicator that something is wrong or that a small change to your dental care could go a long way to take greater care of your teeth. Our Krengel Dental team noted some of the most common myths about bleeding gums we have heard among patients and are ready to share the truth with you! Since harsh information can be harmful, we are here to bust these common myths and drill down to get to the truth.
Myth #1 A little bit of bleeding when flossing is normal.
The Truth: Bleeding gums when brushing or flossing your teeth is not normal. Bleeding gums are a sign of inflammation going on in your mouth that is most often caused by a build up of bacteria. The inflammation causing your gums to bleed is a sign that dental plaque is both growing and accumulating, impacting the surface of your teeth along with the area under the gum line. This inflammation is most commonly known as “gingivitis” and while it is reversible when treated earlier, the sooner you can make changes to your oral care by brushing and flossing regularly, the less damage you have to deal with.
Myth #2 If my teeth bleed when flossing or brushing, I should stop doing it
The Truth: while it might seem like the flossing or brushing is what is causing the bleeding of gums, it is in fact the lack of dental care that is causing the bleeding. Even though many patients feel like they should stop brushing or flossing as a way to keep their teeth from being irritated, staying on top of your dental care and getting in the habit of brushing and flossing regularly is the only way to turn your dental hygiene around and improve the health of your gums and smile. If you have flossed for 5-7 days and continue to notice bleeding, give your Krengel Dental team a call (952-888-1311) so that we can evaluate what is going on and get you the right treatment.
Myth #3 Brushing my teeth is enough to prevent bleeding gums.
The truth: Brushing your teeth will never serve your smile and maintain good dental care if you aren’t also flossing. Floss is able to get to over 40% of the areas in your mouth that your toothbrush cannot access. By just running floss through the tooth, you are breaking up the plaque and bacteria that exists between each tooth. Once you have been flossing once a day for a few weeks, you will notice your gyms becoming stronger, less irritated and more resilient. If you continue to experience irritation, pain or bleeding after 1-2 weeks, give us a call.
Remember, that beautiful smile requires TLC to stay healthy and happy, so take those extra few minutes to brush and floss your teeth for a brighter and healthier tomorrow. Noticing bleeding gums? Have any questions about your gums or information you’ve been told. A friendly Krengel Dental team member is ready for your call. Call us at 952-888-1311 today!