Why do My Gums Bleed When I Floss? And Other FAQs for the Dentist

Posted on: June 28, 2013 | Blog

(1) Why Do My Teeth Sometimes Bleed When I Floss?

Failing to floss regularly allows gingivitis, which is infection of the gums, to develop. When someone with gingivitis does floss, the gums bleed because of the bacteria in them. If your gums are infected, the blood vessels there dilate and rush to the surface to help heal the infection of the gums. Flossing in this condition causes bleeding. So how do you avoid this? Floss regularly for gradual healing and thus a decrease in bleeding.

(2) Why is My Tongue White?

There’s the possibility that this is a sign of illness; or it could be a result of smoking. If this is the case, the white film could be an indication of a condition called leukoplakia, which might be pointing to cancer!

(3) What is Oral Thrush?

Oral thrush is a yeast infection that develops inside the mouth. Look for white patches resembling cottage cheese. It could occur in people who just finished taking antibiotics, but err on the side of safety and go see your dentist!
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