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Have you ever heard that it’s normal for your teeth to bleed when you’re cleaning them—especially when you start flossing? Unfortunately, this isn’t true. In fact, if you are experiencing bleeding gums, you could actually be facing a number of serious issues. While bleeding gums may be a sign of trouble, there are a number of things you can do to help.

Your gums might be bleeding because of gum disease. Gum disease is a serious issue that can lead to problems such as bad breath, shifting teeth, and even tooth loss. Fortunately, you can typically avoid this issue if you brush and floss well. However, if your gum disease isn’t addressed, it could become worse.

If you haven’t flossed for some time, your gums might also bleed. This is not typically a serious issue, but if the bleeding doesn’t stop after a week, we recommend scheduling an appointment with our team. Similarly, if you brush too hard or with a brush that has firm bristles, your gums might bleed. We recommend speaking to our dentist to learn more about the best brush for you.

Certain medications can also cause your gums to bleed, so please remember to tell our team about any medications you may be taking when you visit us. If you’re interested in learning more, please don’t hesitate to give Barry E. Malkiel, DDS a call at 770-995-9255. Dr. Barry Malkiel and our team look forward to hearing from you soon.