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Let’s not kid ourselves: bleeding gums are no fun. They are sore, and they are often the indicator of a more serious disorder, the early phases of periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are some things you can to do alleviate your risk for bloody gums and the periodontal disease that often follows.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
– If you’re using a tough-bristled toothbrush, it could be causing your bloody gums. You may think that tougher bristles would clean more deeply than soft bristles, but harder bristles can irritate your gums quite brutally. Use a soft-bristled brush instead of a hard-bristled one, and purchase a new toothbrush if the one you’re using right now is more than six months old.

Floss regularly.
– Flossing when your gums are bleeding might seem counterintuitive, but it can actually help you to recuperate from the infection that’s attacking you. By eradicating plaque from between your chompers and gums, flossing gently can clean your pearly whites and heal your bleeding gums.

Think about shaking up your diet.
– Diet seems to play a factor in almost every part of our lives, and dental hygiene is no exception. Foods high in sugar contribute to the accrual of plaque on your teeth, which leads to infected gums. Cut back on sugar, and be sure to brush away any built-up plaque at least twice daily.

Are you still anxious about bleeding gums? Please call Dr. Mark Rowe’s Duluth, Georgia, Meadowbrook Family Dentistry office at 770-622-5909 now to speak with us about it.