Do Your Gums Bleed When Brushing ?

You just brushed your teeth – are your gums bleeding?

Improper or sporadic brushing can lead to bacteria growth in your mouth, which typically results in red, sore, and bleeding gums when you do brush. This condition is known as gingivitis. And while the initial stages of gingivitis may not be too painful, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of the disease. Gingivitis leads to periodontitis, which is a condition that can lead to tooth loss.

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Floss or Toothpick – Which is Better?

Question: Is it OK to use just a toothpick to clean between teeth?

The short answer is No!

Which is better - floss or toothpick?The toothpick is a commonly used tool to help dislodge food from between your teeth. Toothpicks are handy, convenient and readily available. And while they are helpful in dislodging food from your teeth, toothpicks are not designed for dental cleaning and should not be substituted for flossing or brushing.

Flossing is the preferred method for removing food and plaque from between your teeth. Any plaque that forms and accumulates on teeth, which is not removed, will eventually cause cavities. The only trusted and proven way to eliminate plaque is by brushing and flossing your teeth. (more…)

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