This is a vital question occasionally asked by patients at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry. The answer, however, is “No!” Bleeding is probably a sign that you need to clean your teeth and gums more thoroughly – not leave them alone. It is impossible to clean effectively between teeth without using floss or an interdental brush.
If you have never flossed before, your gums might bleed the first few times you use floss. The bleeding may be due to harmful gum inflammation, the beginnings of gum disease. Keep flossing gently and the bleeding typically stops within a week or two.
Gingivitis (gum disease) and the more advanced periodontal disease is extremely common in California and around the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that half of American adults aged 30 and over have periodontal disease. https://www.perio.org/consumer/cdc-study.htm
If you don’t make flossing a habit, and your gums become sore, swollen, and tender, it could bring about gum disease. The good news is that, unlike dental caries, gum disease can be reversed with improved oral hygiene.
It is vital to correctly use dental floss to remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth:
Some people find it easier to start on one end on the upper teeth and clean each gap one by one until they reach the end on the opposite side. Then repeat for the bottom row. Whatever process you opt for, make sure you clean around every tooth, including the back surfaces of the last molars.
What if you continue flossing for a few weeks and still notice bleeding? Call Century City Aesthetic Dentistry at 877-703-7062 to schedule a consultation. Bill Dorfman, DDS, will perform an extensive examination to determine the cause of the bleeding.
At Century City Aesthetic Dentistry, our goal is to help patients preserve healthy teeth and gums. Our dental hygienists not only carry out the most thorough dental cleanings, they also educate patients on proper brushing and flossing. If you have a child who needs extra help learning how to brush and floss correctly, schedule an appointment with our Century City Aesthetic Dentistry child-friendly team.
Some patients have perfectly healthy teeth and gums but are not pleased with their smile due to cosmetic problems. If you want to explore possibilities for improving your smile, communicate with us today at 877-703-7062.
We offer technologically-advanced cosmetic dental services including teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, dental crowns, inlays/onlays, and tooth-colored filling replacement. Ask us about oral sedation options if you need help relaxing during dental treatment. You can depend on us to maintain the highest standard of safety and sterility at Century City Aesthetic Dentistry.