Bleeding From Floss

If you have poor oral hygiene, you may experience some bleeding when you brush or floss. Interestingly enough, when bleeding occurs with brushing, usually people just got to the dentist, or keep on brushing until the problem goes away. This is not the case with flossing. If folks experience bleeding when they floss, a large percent of people simply stop flossing, as if that were a solution. This is the worst idea ever.


Healthy gums should not bleed form flossing. If you do not have a periodontal infection, your gums won’t bleed, and you will be able to floss. If they do bleed, perhaps some bacteria are making them puff up, or are weakening them, so that coming into contact with floss will damage them. But don’t worry! Keep on flossing, as even if you bleed every time, you are doing the right thing. With not flossing, you are just making the problem even worse. 

Floss is extremely important, as even interdental toothbrushes do not get rid of all of the plaque that accumulates. Getting between the teeth is important, as this is where a large amount of cavities start. Most peoples teeth touch just a little, and the only way to remove food and biofilm that bacteria like to live in form these hard to reach places is with the use of dental floss. Of course, you will not do a  good enough job, so going to the dentist every six months for a checkup and a hygiene session is a good idea.


It is also important to maintain proper technique when you floss. Make sure the floss goes all the way down, but do not be too aggressive. If you are, you may end up cutting your gums up, which will cause them to bleed and to have wounds on them, which may become infected. Such aggressive flossing is extremely rare, though, so you do not have to be too worried about it. The bleeding you are experiencing is probably a result of either inflamed gums, or of xerostomia, meaning chronic dry mouth, which makes your gums recede, and brings the blood vessels closer to the surface. It may also be the case that your gums are normal, and your blood vessels are just close to the surface, in which case there will be a little pink in the sink every time you floss. If your bleeding persists and does not go away, continue flossing, but check in with a dentist as soon as possible, to avoid a dental emergency.