Stop Bleeding Gums

STOP BLEEDING GUMS

Your gums should not bleed.  Yet, many people do notice bleeding gums.  Often it appears as a red tinge on their toothbrush or on their dental floss.  Unfortunately, bleeding gums indicate damage to the gums and sometimes damage to underlying tissues, ligaments and bones that keep teeth in place.

What causes bleeding gums?  Often brushing too hard.  In addition to causing gums to bleed, brushing too hard also causes unsightly recession of the gumline.  It is estimated that nearly two out of three people brush too hard.  Unfortunately, brushing habits are hard to change.  Several new electric toothbrushes (plaque removers) contain pressure sensors that automatically turn off the brush when you apply too much pressure.
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