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Some people might sense slight bits of reddish-pink in the toothpaste they spit out after brushing. Others notice bleeding as they floss. If you have observed bleeding gums or blood in your spit during or after flossing or brushing, you should be watchful: bleeding gums can be a side effect of periodontal disease or other serious disorders. Follow these steps to take proper care of your gums.

If you’ve recently started a flossing routine and are observing only slight bleeding or achy gums, continue your routine. Flossing is a dental healthy habit that will do wonders for your chompers and gums, but some people do notice a little bleeding at first. Over time, this will usually go away. If you’ve been flossing once per day for two or more weeks and haven’t noticed a lessening in bleeding gums, give us a call.

One of the extra prevalent causes of bleeding gums is plaque stockpiling. Plaque collected around the gumline can irritate the gums, leading them to bleed. If you haven’t brushed for a little while, plaque can turn to tartar, a tougher material that’s tricky to remove and that can lead to gum disease. Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day to thwart the onset of plaque buildup.

You should also be noting your dentist regularly to keep your gums healthy. Whether you’ve got an active oral problem or are coming in for maintenance, Dr. Bryce Hanson at River Valley Dental in Shelley, Idaho, will be able to aid you. If you’d like to set up an appointment with our team, please call 208-357-7611 now.