Gums Bleeding and Flossing

Last night I watched a movie, ate some popcorn, and got one of those pesky kernels stuck in my teeth. After aggressively fishing it out, I noticed my gum was bleeding a bit. That got me thinking about one of our most common questions from patients: “Why does flossing make my gums bleed?”
Generally, flossing should not cause your gum to bleed. If it does, consider it an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease and get yourself to a hygienist.
Flossing is important. When you brush and skip flossing, you miss cleaning 35% of your teeth. The harmful bacteria that is left behind causes irritation and inflammation. If left untreated, the bacteria can get into your bloodstream or cause irreversible jaw bone damage.
So the short answer is “No”. Flossing does not make your gums bleed. Bacteria and infection does.

If you have any questions about flossing or your oral health, we are happy to answer them. Call our office at (435) 940-9900

Albion Dental Center will be closed until further notice due to the current COVID-19 outbreak.

Our phone lines will remain open for your questions and concerns. If you have a dental emergency during our closing, please call our office at 435-940-9900 and we will respond as quickly as possible.

At Albion Dental, we have always followed standard universal precautions issued by the CDC and ADA to help protect every one of our patients and team members from the many infectious diseases that we are potentially exposed to on a daily basis. When we are eventually able to reopen our doors, we will continue to enact an even higher standard of infection-control until this health risk is fully resolved.

We care about each of you and hope that you and your family will remain in good health during this difficult time.

Sincerely,
Dr. Ben Russell