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Let’s not beat around the bush: bleeding gums are no fun. They are sore, and they are regularly the sign of a more serious sickness, the early parts of gum disease. Fortunately, there are some things that you can to do mitigate your risk for bloody gums and the gum disease that so often follows.

Use a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re using a hard-bristled toothbrush, it could be the culprit behind your bleeding gums. You may think that harder bristles would clean more deeply than soft bristles, but harder bristles can irritate your gums quite harshly. 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 half of a year old.

Floss regularly. Flossing when your gums are bloody may seem counterintuitive, but it can actually aid you to recover from the infection that’s attacking your gums. By eliminating plaque from your pearly whites and gums, flossing gently can clean your chompers and heal your bleeding gums.

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

Are you still troubled about bleeding gums? Please call Dr. Jim Heck’s Greenwood, Indiana, White River Dental office at 317-881-4726 now for an inspection with us about it.