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Let’s not beat around the brush: bleeding gums are no fun. They are painful, and they are frequently the sign of a more serious ailment, the early stages of periodontal disease. Fortunately, there are some things that you can to do alleviate your risk for bleeding gums and the gum disease that so often follows.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re using a tough-bristled toothbrush, it could be the culprit behind your bleeding gums. You may believe that tougher bristles would clean more deeply than soft bristles, but harder bristles can actually irritate your gums quite brutally. Use a soft-bristled brush instead of a hard one, and buy a new toothbrush if the one you’re using currently is more than six months old.

Floss regularly. Flossing when your gums are bleeding may seem counterintuitive, but it can actually help you to get better from the infection that’s attacking your gums. By eliminating plaque from between your chompers and gums, flossing gently can clean your teeth and heal your bleeding gums.

Consider shaking up your diet. Diet seems to play a factor in virtually every aspect of our lives, and oral hygiene is no exception. Foods high in sugar (carbohydrates) contribute to the stockpiling of plaque on your teeth, which leads to infected gums. Cut back on the sugar, and be sure to brush away any built-up plaque at least two times daily.

Are you still concerned about bleeding gums? Please call Dr. Steven Hever’s Westlake Village, California, Finesse Dental Care office at (805) 742-4749 now to consult with us about it.