Bleeding While Flossing: A Sign of Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an issue that many people are unaware of. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. Unfortunately, the symptoms for gum disease are often vague or inconsistent, which leads many people to ignore the problem until it becomes severe. So what are the symptoms?BleedingOne symptom that may go unnoticed is bleeding while flossing because it's not always easy to tell if there's blood on your floss after you've already rinsed off your mouth. If you bleed every time you floss this may be a sign of gingivitis.Gingivitis is the mildest form of gum disease, and it's caused by plaque build-up on the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease like periodontitis.What is Periodontitis?Periodontitis is a serious infection that occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the teeth. The consequences of this can include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Tooth Loss

This is why it's so important to stay on top of your dental hygiene.Other Signs of Gum DiseaseThere are a variety of other signs that you may be experiencing if you do in fact have gum disease. These include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath that doesn't go away
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Loose teeth
  • and more.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.How to Prevent Gum DiseaseFortunately, gum disease is preventable! Here are a few tips to help you keep your gums healthy and free from disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss every day
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

By following these simple steps, you can prevent ruining your oral health.

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Do you have any signs or symptoms of gum disease? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!