If My Gums Bleed, Should I Stop Flossing?

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If your gums bleed when you floss your teeth, should you drop flossing from your dental health routine?We’re asked about this from time to time at Aspen Ridge Dental of Cache Valley.

We won’t mince words. The answer is, “No!”

Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly—not leave them alone. It is all but impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.

If you have never made flossing a habit before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use do it. The bleeding may be due to gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding usually stops within a week or two.

Gum disease is extremely common, and is a leading cause of tooth loss among adults. Healthy teeth and gums are essential for good dental health.

At Aspen Ridge Dental of Cache Valley we treat gum disease quickly with highly efficient dental lasers. We offer complete family and restorative dentistry services. Call to schedule an appointment with us today!

Contact Aspen Dental of Cache Valley:


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1451 N 200 E
Logan, Utah


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