Is That Normal?
Let’s be honest- the human body does all sorts of weird things. But, it is important to know when something is “weird-but-normal” and when something is definitely not healthy. One of the most common myths is that you can expect your gums to bleed.
Contrary to popular belief, it is NOT normal for your gums to bleed after brushing or flossing! It is a sign that your gums are weakened by bacteria, and if left untreated, will lead to gingivitis and periodontal disease.
How do you stop the bleeding? Be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably after every meal. Floss your teeth once a day, taking care to get around the top of the tooth. Be gentle at first; your gums will likely be tender, but the tenderness will go away after a few days if you are consistent. A fluoride mouth wash will also help remove any remaining bacteria!
Additionally, regular checkups with your dentist will ensure your teeth are being taken care of!
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