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A 32-year-old member asked:

Can i still floss my teeth if i have bleeding gums?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Giri Palani
Dentistry 18 years experience
Bleeding gums: The number one cause of bleeding gums is inflammation and infection. Increasing your oral hygiene efforts and flossing more may help stop the bleeding. It may take 4-8 days to see the results. If bleeding of the gums do not stop after 8 days, you should consult your dentist immediately.
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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 14 years experience
Please Do: You need to floss and brush more and/or better if you have bleeding gums. That is a sign of inflamation and the only way to get rid of it is to clean it better. If you don't it gets worse, not better. See your dentist if it has been awhile since your last cleaning.
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Dr. Frank Berman
Dentistry 41 years experience
a build up of tarter (dental calculus) below or above the gumline that cannot be removed by the floss will keep your gums bleeding...check with your dentist for your gum condition which could lead to tooth loss.
Jul 31, 2012
Dr. Srijan Mehta
General Practice 16 years experience
Yes: You must get a through cleaning as there should be no bleeding from gums at your age . But to answer your question you def can floss as long as the technique of flossing is right.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2015

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