Is It Bad If My Gums Bleed When I Floss?


Gums are an integral part of our oral cavity. They surround the tooth in a collar like fashion and are tightly bound to the underlying bone. Gums prevent the underlying bone from the frictional forces hence protecting the periodontal integrity of the tooth.

What Is Flossing ?

Flossing is the method to remove debris & plaque from the inter-dental areas. Flossing is the most easiest way to keep our gums healthy. Floss is a thread/string which is used to clean areas where it is difficult for brush to reach.
How often we should floss ?
Ideally one should floss at least twice a day just after brushing. We should understand that brushing only cleans the facial surface of the tooth leaving inter-dental areas uncleaned. Flossing should be a part of our Oral Care routine and this routine should be followed diligently. Why Gums bleed while flossing ? Gum Bleeding is the most common sign of Gingivitis (Inflammation of Gums). If you are new to flossing, there can be some amount of bleeding which will resolve on its own in some time. But if you have been flossing for a while, then it is a matter of concern and you should visit a Dentist. Gum Inflammation lead to gum bleeding, which is an alarming sign, ignoring which can lead to advanced gum disease (Periodontists) resulting in loss of Gums and underlying bone. Bleeding can also occur due to various others factors like deposition of plaque & tartar beneath the gums, Hormonal Changes in body, Diabetes etc.

What we should do if our Gums bleed ?

First and foremost thing is to rule out the cause of bleeding. Following can be the possible cause of gum bleeding.

  • Diabetes
  • Uncontrolled Diabetes may lead to bleeding gums. Gum disease is one of the complications of diabetes. If your blood sugar levels are beyond normal limits, you are prone to advanced gum disease i.e. Periodontists. Therefore your blood sugar
    level should be in permissible limits so as to prevent Gum Disease. People who have diabetes should go for regular Medical & Dental Check-ups to keep a check on the condition.

  • Hormonal Changes
  • Human Body is tend to undergo certain hormonal changes during Menstruation or Pregnancy that can lead to gum bleeding. It is highly advised to visit a dentist if you are planning a baby as your gum conditions are mostly affected during pregnancy.
    Adequate dental cleaning & maintenance prevents gum bleeding.

  • Deposition of Tartar
  • Bacterial plaque & tartar are the most common cause of gum bleeding. Deposition of tartar beneath the gums leads to Gum inflammation resulting in bleeding. Professional cleaning of teeth & gums should be done to address this condition.

    Proper brushing & flossing and regular dental check-ups can prevent gum bleeding and gum diseases. Therefore regular visit to a Dentist should be made at least every six months so that advanced gum disease (Periodontists) can be prevented.
    People do suffer from the problem of bleeding gums but refuse to visit a dentist. Just a normal check-up at a dental clinic causes no harm.


    Healthy Gums leads to Healthy Teeth 🙂

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