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Signs of bleeding gums include seeing redness in the sink when you spit after brushing your teeth or flossing. It’s important to address this condition because it could be a sign of gum disease or other oral health conditions. We review some of the oral health conditions that can lead to bleeding gums and what you can do to treat the issue.

Some patients develop bleeding gums when they first begin flossing every day, especially if they had fallen out of the habit in the past. If flossing seems to lead to soreness and bleeding in the gums, we encourage you to not quit this habit because it helps protect your teeth and gums. Keep in mind that gums that aren’t used to being flossed may bleed as a result of gum irritation that goes away over time. However, if you are still seeing blood after flossing daily for two weeks, we invite you to speak with Dr. Sam Cigno and his associates about potential treatments.

Another cause of bleeding in the gums is the buildup of plaque and tartar on your gum line, as this can cause gum irritation and make your gums bleed. Plaque can become tartar overtime if it isn’t removed by regular flossing or struggle with an inconsistent oral care routine. Tartar is not only much harder to remove but can also lead to gum disease over time. To remove plaque and protect your gum health, we recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily and maintaining your routine dental checkups with the dentist.

Please feel free to contact Cigno Dental Care at 314-741-5133 today if you have questions for our dentist about caring for bleeding gums in St. Louis, Missouri.

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