Avoiding Bleeding Gums

Healthy gums are firm, pink and intact. If your gums bleed, they may not be as healthy as they should be. If you notice a little pink in the sink when you brush, your gums bleed when you floss or you notice other bleeding, you may have inflamed, infected gums, or gingivitis.

Gingivitis develops in response to bacteria in the mouth. These bacteria live in plaque, which accumulates along the gumline and between teeth. Good brushing and flossing habits should keep these bacteria under control and gums healthy, but if you brush infrequently, skip flossing or have certain medical conditions, you may be more likely to develop gum disease.

The best way to avoid bleeding gums is through good oral hygiene and regular checkups. Brush with a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste about two minutes at a time at least twice a day. Floss daily using a floss that slips easily between your teeth, and carefully clean the sides of each tooth and along the gumline. Visit Dr. Frame twice a year or on your recommended schedule for cleanings and checkups, which can catch early signs of disease.

You may also need a checkup on your diet. Eating balanced meals with all essential nutrients can feed your gums and your teeth. Tobacco and excess alcohol consumption can increase your risk of gum disease, so talk to your doctor or Dr. Frame about ways that you can cut down or kick the habit. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Frame, our dentist in Santa Clara.

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