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Many people see a little pink in the sink when they are brushing their teeth or flossing and they tend to pay no attention to it. This can be a mistake. If your gums are bleeding, something may be wrong. Here’s what may be going on:

– You don’t floss very often. If you’ve taken a break from flossing, your gums will be irritated when you start again. This should not be of too much concern, but you can avoid it by flossing at least once a day. Flossing can help you avoid more serious dental issues.

– You’re using a toothbrush with hard bristles. This can damage your tooth enamel and harm your gums. Switch to a soft bristled brush – unless Dr. Jerry Butler recommends otherwise.

– You have gum disease. Gum disease is a serious dental issue that occurs when plaque is not removed from your teeth regularly. The first stage is called gingivitis, which involves symptoms like red, swollen, and bleeding gums as well as bad breath. If you think you have gingivitis, please schedule an appointment with Jerry L. Butler, D.D.S., M.A.G.D as soon as possible.

Do you have any questions about bleeding gums in Boone, North Carolina, or if you would like to know more about how to keep your gums in top-notch condition? Please call our office at (828) 264-5858 . Our dental team will be happy to help.