Welcome back to the Dr. Louis Traynor blog space! We’ve recently started a new blog series where we go over dental myths that are commonly believed to be true, but are infact, extremely false. In our last blog post we covered the truth about how often you should be brushing on a day-to-day basis. This week, we are going to cover another dental care habit and a myth that has followed it around.
Myth: If your gums are bleeding or swollen, you shouldn’t floss.
Truth: Flossing regularly will help ensure that your gums don’t bleed or swell.
Flossing is the dental habit that gets pushed aside most frequently. It’s not exactly easy, it’s painful if you get lazy with it, and it’s something that we don’t see the direct benefits of. While we don’t see all of the good that flossing does between our teeth, it’s incredibly easy to see the damage the not flossing regularly does.
Why should you floss when your gums are inflamed and bleeding?
This is actually a sign that you’re not flossing enough. When gums are swollen and bleeding it’s because they’re irritated by some sort of bacteria or plaque build up that is happening near the gum line. When we floss, we’re able to eliminate this from happening which winds up keeping your gums happy and healthy. Therefore, when your gums are bleeding or inflamed, it is a necessary step to floss through this time period, in order for your gums to be in a good and healthy place again.
How often should you be flossing?
Like we said before, flossing is just one of those habits that gets forgotten easily. We strongly suggest flossing once a day. The time that we think flossing will be best is right before you go to bed. While brushing in the morning is always great, the chances of something getting stuck between your teeth while sleeping is highly unlikely. If you floss before, or after, brushing before you head to bed, you ensure that your teeth are as clean as they could possibly get. Add in a little bit of mouthwash afterwards and there’s no way you’ll be missing any bacteria or plaque when brushing. It definitely doesn’t hurt to be flossing twice a day, sometimes even after meals can be beneficial.
While flossing while your gums are inflamed or bleeding isn’t the most pleasant, it’s definitely a must if you want to avoid this getting worse in the long run. Continue to floss like this if you want to avoid any infected gums that could lead to more serious cases down the way, so just work through the bleeding and swelling and slowly but surely you’ll see that these signs go away.
If your gums are bleeding pretty seriously, it’s best to schedule an appointment here with Dr. Trainor so that we can see if there are any other techniques or procedures that we can go over that might be helpful for getting your dental care back on track!