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Bleeding gums? Is it gingivitis or something else?


Everyone knows how important it is to take care of your teeth. That means scheduling regular checkups with your family dentist, brushing at least twice a day and flossing. However, even with all the time you spend perfecting your oral regime, there are some instances where it may not be enough. If you notice that your gums have been bleeding and are sensitive, then it's possible you may have gingivitis.

Gingivitis is a periodontal disease that causes inflammation. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, this condition is due to the long-term effects of plaque buildup on your teeth and if left untreated, may result in tooth decay.

However, if you've started flossing recently, you should know that your gums are likely to bleed the first few times and should not be confused with gingivitis. The American Dental Association says that any irritation should recede within one week.

Pregnant women have also been known to notice increased sensitivity when flossing. Known as "pregnancy gingivitis," a bit of bleeding is no reason to be alarmed. But, if you're experiencing a great deal of pain when using floss, then don't delay – schedule an appointment with your Raleigh family dentist as soon as possible as he or she may recommend a gentler way to remove plaque and food that won't cause any bleeding.

Although visiting your dentist may be scary for some people, it's important that you don't put it off. When you come to Dr. Thomas Cooke's office, not only will you be greeted by a friendly staff, you'll also be treated with respect. Dr. Cooke's office will answer any questions you may have and will do everything possible to make your experience pleasant.