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When you’re taking care of your mouth, do you ever notice that your gums start to bleed? Despite what you may have heard, bleeding gums aren’t normal. While your gums might bleed for a number of reasons, there may be several things you can do to avoid the issue.

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.

Are you worried about gum disease? Are you currently dealing with bleeding gums? Do you simply have more questions about how you could brush or floss better? In so, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Rachel Meyer, DDS at 505-662-3163. Our entire team, including Dr. Rachel Meyer, will be happy to examine the health of your mouth and offer you individualized advice. We look forward to hearing from you!