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May 14, 2020

My gums bleed when I floss - Ask a Winnipeg Dentist

Q: Is it normal if your gums bleed when you floss? I haven’t flossed in a few days and when I did today they started bleeding. A: Bleeding gums can definitely be a cause of concern, because it can very often be the sign of a deeper issue. If you’re brushing and flossing regularly, and then take a bit of a break, it is common for your gums to bleed when you start up again.

Improper brushing or flossing technique, certain medications or changes in the diet can cause gums to bleed also. If you notice your gums are not only bleeding but are also inflamed you could have gingivitis, the first stage of gum disease. If you visit your Winnipeg dentist regularly and improve your oral health routine, by brushing and flossing daily, you should be able to combat the disease before it becomes too serious.Visit our St. Vital or Garden City dentists so we can assess your tissues to determine the cause of the problem and help you to improve your oral health. Schedule an appointment today.