Why do my gums bleed when I brush or floss?

Most people don’t get alarmed when they see blood around their teeth and gums during brushing or flossing.  This is a sign of Gingivitis which is an early stage of Periodontal Disease.  Bacteria that are allowed to accumulate around your teeth and under the gumline are the culprit.  Don’t panic this is reversible…It could be a minor change in your home care, brushing and/or  flossing technique or using the right Mouthrinse.  If it has been a while since you have visited the Dentist you might be due for a Cleaning or Scaling/Root Planing which removes the irritants that cause your Gums to bleed.  The Later stages of Periodontal Disease are bad breath, loose teeth, swollen gums and eventual tooth loss.   Don’t wait… get checked!