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Some people might notice minor bits of pink in the toothpaste they spit out after brushing. Others notice bleeding as they floss. If you have noticed bleeding gums or blood in your spit after flossing or brushing, you should be cautious: bleeding gums can be a side effect of gum disease or other serious dental conditions. Follow these steps to take proper care of your gums.

If you’ve just started a flossing routine and are seeing only slight bleeding or achy gums, continue your routine. Flossing is a dental healthy habit that will do wonders for your chompers and gums, but some people do notice a little bleeding at first. Over time, this will probably go away on its own. If you’ve been flossing once daily for two or more weeks and haven’t noted a lessening in bleeding gums, tell us about it.

One of the more rampant causes of bleeding gums is plaque buildup. Plaque gathered around the gumline can irritate the gums, causing them to bleed. If you haven’t brushed for a while, plaque can turn to tartar, a tougher substance that’s tough to get rid of and that can lead to periodontal disease. Ensure that you’re brushing at least twice a day to avoid the onset of plaque buildup.

You should also be observing your dentist often to keep your gums healthy. Whether you’ve got an active dental problem or are coming in for maintenance and prevention, Drs. Ronald Hauptman & Bahar Rowhani in Falls Church, Virginia, will be able to aid you. If you’d like to schedule a checkup with our team, please call 703-241-0666 now.