Why Are My Gums Bleeding When I Floss?

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Flossing is a great habit to cultivate if you want to avoid Aventura oral surgery. Flossing can remove plaque and food particles lurking between teeth where toothbrushes cannot reach. Because of this, flossing helps you avoid serious gum infections like gingivitis and periodontitis. You may encounter instances of gum bleeding while flossing. While it sometimes signals something serious, bleeding gums is not always a cause for concern. Below are some reasons why you may draw blood while flossing your teeth.

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Wrong Flossing and Brushing Technique

You may be using more force than necessary while flossing your teeth. Correct flossing technique requires only a gentle up-and-down or side-to-side motion. Forcing the dental floss between the tooth wounds the gums and causes bleeding. The same applies to brushing – excessive force injures gums and initiates premature gum recession.


Gingival bleeding is also a side effect of anticoagulant drugs, also known as blood thinners. Take a damp washcloth and apply pressure for half an hour when this happens. Avoid smoking, drinking hot beverages, spitting, and rinsing your mouth within the next 24 hours. You should also use a straw when drinking from a cup.

Gum Infections

Two bacterial infections cause bleeding in the gums, namely gingivitis and periodontitis. These diseases manifest through inflamed and tender gums that bleed when flossing or brushing. You can reverse gingivitis through proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups. On the other hand, periodontitis is a complication of gum infection. The patient is at risk of losing one or more teeth due to bone and tissue damage. You can only prevent these complications through oral pathology or oral surgery.

Vitamin Deficiency

Lastly, bleeding gums could mean that you’re deficient in vitamins C and K. Vitamin C is vital for the body’s recovery process. It also helps strengthen bones and regenerate gums after injury or oral surgery. You also need Vitamin K to assist in the clotting process. Insufficient Vitamin K levels in the blood can lead to bleeding in many body parts aside from the gums.

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Make Sure Your Bleeding Problem Does Not Need Aventura Oral Surgery

If you think you have an oral health issue, please book an appointment with us. We’ll evaluate your symptoms and recommend the appropriate treatment.