Regularly flossing and brushing your teeth and gums are two of the easiest and most effective ways to maintain good oral health. Flossing and brushing both require just a few minutes a day and modest investment in supplies, yet too many people still consciously or unconsciously choose not to floss and/or brush regularly, inevitably leading to the onset of diseases and conditions such as cavities and periodontal disease. Some people simply don’t believe that regularly flossing and brushing is necessary, even with ample evidence to the contrary, while others simply forget to do so. A third reason many stop flossing is due to pain, bleeding, or discomfort, but doing so can cause an existing dental condition to quickly worsen.

Keep Flossing Regularly

Experiencing bleeding or painful gums while flossing is usually related to gingivitis, a common form of mild gum disease and the first stage of periodontitis. The first impulse you may feel when experiencing pain or bleeding is to stop flossing. We understand that this is a natural reaction, but it is absolutely the wrong decision to make. Gingivitis can quickly advance to early peritonitis, requiring professional cleaning and care to reverse. Instead, continue to floss and brush regularly for two weeks at the most after you first experience bleeding and discomfort and both should eventually go away. If not, contact your dentist immediately for an thorough examination of your teeth and gums.