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Bellevue Azalea Dentistry discusses about the gums bleed after brushing or flossing.

Bleeding Gums When Flossing

Don’t be too surprised if you have bleeding gums while flossing, as it is unfortunately a common occurrence. However, there are times when this might mean that a trip to the dentist is necessary. It is essential to understand what could cause your gums to bleed during flossing.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

So, why are your gums bleeding? There are a few reasons you may have noticed some pink in the sink.

Infrequent Flossing

If you don’t floss regularly, your gums may be too sensitive to start this routine. Even beginners might encounter a bit of bleeding when they first start but if it stops soon enough, there is no need for concern; the key is consistency! Flossing each day should become part of your regular habit until the gum tissue gets used to it. In most cases, any slight bleeding will cease after just one week – unless you have periodontal disease.

Harsh Flossing

Bleeding gums can also occur if you floss too aggressively. When too much pressure is applied to your gum tissue, which is soft and full of blood vessels, it may become injured or torn. Therefore, continue brushing your teeth daily as well as gentle once-daily flossing to avoid any risk of bleeding gums.

Plaque buildup along and below the gumline can lead to bacterial attack and tatar accumulation that must be removed by a professional. Without timely in-office cleaning, poor oral hygiene habits may cause gums to become inflamed and infected, causing them to bleed when brushing or flossing. Therefore, it is essential to ensure consistent proper oral hygiene practices as well as regular professional teeth cleanings for optimal health.

Periodontal Disease

Periodontal disease, an extreme gum infection caused by plaque accumulation, can cause your gums to be easily irritated and bleed. If left untreated, periodontitis will worsen the condition of your soft tissue with inflammation and swelling making it even more painful when brushing or flossing. In severe cases, bone destruction leading to eventual tooth loss will occur. Don’t delay any further; see a dentist today.

When it comes to your oral hygiene, be gentle with your gums while flossing and ensure you’re doing so correctly. Brushing twice a day on top of once-daily flossing is the ultimate combination for optimal dental health. If you’ve been informed by your dentist that you might have sensitive gums, consider using both a water flosser in addition to traditional floss to maximize effectiveness; or better yet switch over to an electric toothbrush which can do even more thorough cleaning without compromising the sensitivity of your gums.

Regular Dentist Visits To Ensure Gum Health

If you’re having gum problems, visit Bellevue Azalea Dentistry, our dental clinic in Bellevue.


About the Author
Dr. Uparika Sharma is the founder dentist of Bellevue Azalea Dentistry. In addition to general dental procedures, she evaluates TMJ, cervical spine, airway problems, chronic headache, and CRPS.


Dr. Uparika Sharma is a trusted dentist. She has been practicing for over 5 years at Bellevue Azalea Dentistry clinic. She holds a Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from the University of Washington. Dr. Uparika Sharma is a member of the American Dental Association.