Ogden Dentist – Dr. Ellis: My gums bleed when I floss.

This is something that I hear a lot around the office. I find cavities in folks and I ask them how their flossing is. They say that they don’t floss because every time they do their gums bleed.

The philosophy of not doing something to your self because it makes you bleed, is normally a very good one to live by. For instance, I don’t stab myself with forks because if I did, it would cause me to bleed.

However, when it comes to flossing the opposite may apply.

Lets take learning to play the guitar for a comparison. When you are learning to play the guitar it is not uncommon for the ends of your fingers to bleed a little bit.

Bleeding finger

This is because you fingers are not used to the stress you are putting them through. But, does this mean that you weren’t meant to play the guitar and that you should quit? No. It means that you are a newbie to guitar playing and that the more you play the LESS your fingers will bleed as they become accustomed to your playing.

The same can be said for flossing. If your gums bleed does that mean that you just weren’t meant to floss and that you should stop? NO. It means that you are a newbie (or recently returned after a long vacation) to flossing. The more you floss the LESS your gums will bleed. This will continue until they do not bleed at all anymore.

Gums bleeding - Ogden Dentist

So for all you aspiring guitar players, and flossers, out there my advice is that you just keep going. Things will get better and it will become more comfortable as you go.