In a typical setting during dental school, when seeing a patient for the first time the conversation usually goes a little something like this.
Me: How often would you say you floss?
Patient: I floss at least twice a day
Me: *Touches ginigva*
Patient: *gingiva screams bloody murder*
Me: Oh! Okay…
If every time you brush and/or floss and your teeth bleed, the very first thing that should come to mind is, gingivitis or periodontal disease.
Gingivitis is a very common form of gum disease. If your gums bleed, you have have gingivitis. Consult with your dentist as soon as possible because it is treatable. With proper brushing techniques and persistent flossing your gums will revert back to its normal, healthy state. If you do NOT take care of the situation fast, it can get worse. If not treated, gingivitis can turn into periodontitis. Periodontitis includes bleeding gums, bone loss, mobility of teeth, and/or possibly losing teeth in the most severe cases.
If you have any bleeding or sensitivity to the gums, go see the dentist. If you are unsure, go see the dentist. If it’s been a while…..go see the dentist!