Help! My gums are inflamed, red and bleeding. What does this mean?
Gums that bleed or ache especially after brushing can be a sign of gum disease. Healthy gums do not generally bleed when brushing and flossing, so it is important to continue these practices to prevent the build-up of bacteria from food, which can lead to plaque and tartar. Some people think that when their gums bleed from flossing and brushing they should stop these practices. In fact, the opposite is recommended! If you do not floss or brush the build-up can get even worse so it is important to keep doing so gently and hopefully the bleeding ceases. We would recommend you schedule an appointment at the first signs of gum disease just to be safe.