You brush your teeth in the morning to keep your friends and you brush at night to keep your teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth atleast 2 times a day for 2 minutes each time. You should also be flossing at least 1 time a day (preferably before bed). Many people, though, only brush once a day – some people skip it all together. To make matters worse, most people also don’t floss – at all.
When you don’t remove the plaque and bacteria from your teeth and gums, it builds up and becomes very irritating to your gums. This is what makes them bleed. Gums will become red, puffy, or sore and usually bleed when brushing, flossing or eating. If this happens you have gingivitis, also known as gum disease. The good news is that this is a reversible condition. All it takes is some dedication to daily brushing, flossing and using an antiseptic mouth rinse and you can have your beautiful smile back in about a week or so.
If you notice pink in the sink when you brush your teeth, you have bleeding gums. Don’t wait- take action now. If it has been more than 6 months since your last cleaning, make an appointment for a professional cleaning at your dentist office right away.
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