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Ignored bloody gums today could be a grave issue in your future. While bleeding gums sometimes don’t mean much, they’re frequently an indicator that gums and chompers are making periodontal disease, an ailment that can cause lost pearly whites and major damage to your bones and gums. We want your oral cavity to be clean and healthy always, so we’ve assembled this list so that you can keep your oral health when you’re not in our office.

-The dominant cause of bleeding gums is plaque touching the gumline, which can be removed with habitual brushing. Brush your teeth at least two times per day using fluoridated toothpaste.

-Flossing is interesting; it seemingly causes bleeding gums when you begin, but stick with the habit and you’ll see that flossing actually heals your gums by eradicating plaque that’s wedged between your chompers.

-Rinsing your oral cavity with mouthwash, just like brushing and flossing, can wash away infection-instigating plaque. Follow the suggestions on the mouthwash bottle if you do choose to use mouthwash.

-Certain medicines can cause bleeding gums, so let Dr. Michael Hollingsworth know if you recently started a new medication and noticed bleeding gums soon thereafter.

-Hard toothbrush bristles can irritate gums, so make sure you’re using a soft-bristled brush.

-Finally, lower your ingestion of sugary foods if you’ve observed your gums bleeding.

We hope this post has been educational. If you’re anxious about your bleeding gums and would like us to inspect them, please give us a call at 816.232.8788 now to schedule a visit in our office in St. Joseph, Missouri. Dr. Michael Hollingsworth and the staff at Dr. Michael Hollingsworth are ready to aid you to amp up your oral health!