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Posts for tag: Bleeding gums

By Dr. Krause
July 09, 2014
Category: Periodontal Health

 

One of the more unpleasant dental experiences is dealing with bleeding gums. In some cases, it can keep people from properly caring for their teeth.

Don’t let that be you. Schedule an appointment with Krause Dental, and check this list to see if any of these common causes could be what’s causing your gum discomfort.

• Brushing too hard. Do you apply a lot of pressure when you brush your teeth? You shouldn’t have to dig into your mouth to clean your teeth. Ease up by switching your toothbrush to your non-dominant hand.
• Brushing incorrectly. If you brush your teeth using a back-and-forth motion, you’re doing it wrong. Brush up and down or in small circles to avoid irritating your gums.
• Using the wrong toothbrush. How firm are your toothbrush bristles? Most people should use soft-bristled toothbrushes. Try switching to see if it helps alleviate your discomfort.
• Not brushing/flossing often enough. Has it been a long time since you last brushed or flossed? If so, it could take about a week or so before your mouth is used to being scrubbed and prodded at. If this doesn’t take care of the bleeding schedule a dental appointment immediately as you may have an infection called Gingivitis or Periodontitis that needs to be treated right away.

Like we said: See your dentist to be sure your bleeding gums aren’t being caused by something more serious. You can schedule an appointment with us online anytime:  http://www.dentistwestfieldin.com/appointment.html