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Some people may sense slight bits of red in the toothpaste they spit out after brushing. Others notice bleeding occasionally as they floss. If you have noticed bleeding gums or blood in your spit after flossing, you should be wary: bleeding gums can be a side effect of gum disease or other serious conditions. Follow these steps to take appropriate care of your gums.

If you’ve just begun a flossing routine and are noticing only a little bleeding or sore gums, continue your routine. Flossing is a dental healthy habit that will do great things for your chompers and gums, but some people do notice a little bleeding at first. Over time, this will usually go away on its own. If you’ve been flossing once daily for two or more weeks and haven’t noted a diminishing in bleeding gums, tell us about it.

One of the more widespread causes of bleeding gums is plaque (and tartar) accrual. Plaque gathered around the gumline can irritate the gums, triggering them to bleed. If you haven’t brushed for a little while, plaque can become tartar, a tougher substance that’s difficult to eliminate and that can lead to periodontal disease. Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day to avoid the onset of plaque buildup.

You should also be noticing your dentist often to keep your gums healthy. Whether you’ve got an active dental problem or are coming in for maintenance, Dr. Jeffrey C. Hambleton at Lawrence Periodontics, LLC in Lawrence, Kansas, will be able to help you. If you’d like to pencil in a visit with our team, please call 785-312-3820 now.