Why are my gums bleeding a little sometimes when I brush or floss?
If you have persistently swollen, red, or bleeding gums, it is important to take action, as these can be a sign of gingivitis, the mildest form of gum disease.
But do not worry – it is usually quick and easy to treat gingivitis.
How can I avoid bleeding gums?
To keep your gums healthy, you need to take good care of your teeth and gums every day. That means brushing and flossing daily and making sure you clean every part of your mouth: not only the surface of the teeth but also the spaces between the teeth and below the gumline.
Make sure you see your dentist twice a year too, as they will be able to spot any early signs of gingivitis.
What should I do if I have bleeding gums?
If you have bleeding gums, don’t panic! The best thing to do is to book an appointment with your dentist, who will help you to find the best solution for you.
In the meantime, carry on with your normal oral care routine – don’t stop brushing or cleaning between your teeth with floss or an interdental brush. If brushing is painful, you could try using an ultra-soft toothbrush.
Find out more in our guide to spotting early signs of gum disease.