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Restorative, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry

Why do my gums bleed and teeth hurt when I brush and floss?

Tooth brush and paste | Dentist Charleston SCBleeding gums can occur for a number of reasons. Sometimes, blood in the sink when you brush can indicate that you are developing gum disease. In other cases, it might be an indication that you are brushing too aggressively or using a toothbrush with bristles that are too firm. Brushing aggressively can lead to gum recession, so it's important to make sure that you are using good technique when you brush.

How to Properly Brush Your Teeth

We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day – in the morning after breakfast and at night prior to going to bed. We also recommend flossing daily.

When brushing for two minutes in small circular movements with a soft bristle toothbrush, you are using good technique. When flossing, make sure the floss is smoothly gliding between the teeth, underneath the gums, and hugging the sides of each tooth.

If both of these techniques are followed for one week, sensitive bleeding gums will feel and look much healthier.

Schedule A Dental Appointment

If you don't experience any improvement, please reach out to us and schedule an exam. You could be developing gum disease, and the earlier we can put the brakes on this serious and chronic condition, the better! 

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