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Let’s not joke around: bleeding gums are no fun. They are painful, and they are frequently the indicator of a graver ailment, the early phases of periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are some things that you can to do mitigate your risk for bloody gums and the periodontal disease that so often follows.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush: If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, it could be causing your bleeding gums. You may think that harder bristles would clean more deeply than soft bristles, but harder bristles can irritate your gums quite brutally. Use a soft-bristled brush instead of a hard-bristled one, and purchase a new toothbrush if the one you’re using in the present is more than six months old.

Floss regularly: Flossing when your gums are bleeding might seem counterintuitive, but it can actually support you to get better from the infection that’s attacking you. By getting rid of plaque from between your teeth and gums, flossing gently can clean your teeth and heal your bleeding gums.

Deliberate on shaking up your diet: Diet seems to play a factor in almost every aspect of our lives, and dental hygiene is no exception. Foods high in sugar (carbohydrates) contribute to the accrual of plaque on your teeth, which leads to diseased gums. Cut back on sugar, and be sure to brush away any built-up plaque at least two times per day.

Are you still concerned about bleeding gums? Please call Dr. Don W. Heyen’s Wichita Falls, Texas, Heyen DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry office at 940-257-2522 now to discuss with us about it.