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You probably know how important it is to remove plaque and you’ve probably heard that you should brush and floss every day—but do you know why?

Sadly, plaque can lead to a variety of problems. Not removing plaque well enough could lead to gum disease, irritated gums, sensitive teeth, and damage to the jawbone. Unfortunately, the issues don’t stop in your mouth.

Plaque buildup can lead to overall health problems, including heart disease, respiratory issues, diabetes, cancer, erectile dysfunction, and dementia. To avoid these problems, it’s extremely important to remove plaque from your smile. This means you’ll have to floss thoroughly every day.

But what do you do if your gums bleed? In reality, bleeding gums can be caused by any of several factors. For instance, bleeding gums can be an indicator of gum disease. Fortunately, with good, consistent oral care—and a professional cleaning—this issue could clear up on its own. However, if gum disease reaches advanced stages, a dentist may need to offer you other solutions.

Medication could be another reason your gums are bleeding. For example, if you’re taking a medicine designed to reduce clotting, your gums will be more likely to bleed. If this is your problem, your dentist will be able to help. On a related note, we recommend always telling your dentist about any medications you are taking. They will be able to give you specific advice.

Similarly, if you’ve just started flossing, your gums may bleed for a little while. However, if the bleeding doesn’t stop within a week, please contact our dentist. Finally, you could have a toothbrush that’s too hard. Hard bristles can aggravate your gums, making them more susceptible to bleeding.

If you would like to learn more—or are interested in scheduling an appointment with Dr. Sanaz Yousefi— please feel free to contact Woodland Hills Family Dentistry at 818-225-9410.