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

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re using a tough-bristled toothbrush, it could be causing your bleeding gums. You might think that tougher bristles would clean more deeply than traditional bristles, but harder bristles can actually irritate your gums quite harshly. Use a soft-bristled brush instead of a hard-bristled one, and get a new toothbrush if the one you’re using right now is more than half of a year old.

Floss regularly. Flossing when your gums are bloody may seem counterintuitive, but it can actually support you to recuperate from the infection that’s attacking you. By getting rid of plaque from your chompers and gums, flossing gently can clean your chompers and heal your gums.

Consider shaking up your diet. Diet seems to play a factor in practically every facet of our lives, and oral hygiene is no exception. Foods high in sugar contribute to the accrual of plaque on your pearly whites, which leads to infected gums. Cut back on sugar, and be sure to brush away any built-up plaque at least twice per day.

Are you worried about bleeding gums? Please call Dr. Alberto A. Herrero’s Ann Arbor, Michigan office at 734-222-9140 now to check in with us about it.