Dr. Ben Lambeth, DDS & Dr. Megumi Lambeth, DDS

310 East Main St., Suite 335 | Carrboro, NC 27510

Important information regarding COVID-19

Is It Common for Teeth to Bleed While Flossing?

dark haired woman holding her lower lip concerned about teeth bleeding after flossing

If you see your gums bleed when you floss, it’s time to take a closer look at your oral care. In this blog post we’ll go over the reasons why you may be seeing red, and what you can do to stop it.

Causes of Bleeding Gums

  • New to Flossing: We hope you’ve been in the habit of flossing daily since you were a kid, but if that’s not the case then it’s better late than never! We’re glad you’re starting now. Oftentimes, when people begin a new flossing routine their gums will bleed. After about a week of flossing, this should clear up.
  • Medications: There are certain medications, such as blood thinners, that may cause you to bleed while flossing. If this is the case, be sure to report this side effect to the doctor who prescribed you the drug in question.
  • Gum disease: If the previous two causes are off the table, your gums might be telling you something. Bleeding gums are a key sign of gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease that can progress and put your teeth in danger if left untreated. Periodontitis, in its advanced stages, can leave you at risk for tissue damage and tooth loss.

Tips to Stop the Problem

If you’re dealing with bleeding gums when you floss, you’ll want to get to the bottom of the issue before you’re confronted with gum disease. Face the issue head on by working on your oral care routine and your diet. That means eating healthy foods, a diet rich in fresh fruits and veggies and low in processed sugars and carbs. It also means continuing to floss daily and to brush twice daily for two minutes each time you do. Be sure to use gentle pressure and a soft-bristle. An electric toothbrush can be a great tool for hard brushers.

Healthy Gums at Milltown Family Dentistry

The key to healthy gums? Twice yearly visits to see us for your cleaning and exam. Without professional dental care, you’ll be at risk for a build up of hard-to-reach plaque, and eventual tartar, that will put your teeth and gums at risk. If you don’t have a visit planned, call us today!

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To Our Valued Patients:
We hope this letter finds you and your family in good health. Our community has been through a lot over the last few months, and we are looking forward to seeing you all again soon. While many things have changed, one thing has remained the same: our commitment to your safety.

Infection control has always been a top priority for our practice and you may have seen this during your visits to our office. Our infection control processes are made so that when you receive care, it's both safe and comfortable.

Our office follows infection control recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). We follow the activities of these agencies so that we are up-to-date on any new rulings or guidance that may be issued. We do this to ensure that our infection control procedures are current and adhere to each agency's recommendations.

We are excited to fully OPEN for patient care again on May 20th. There will be several modifications to our protocol as we transition. You may see some changes when it is time for your next appointment. We made these changes to help protect our patients and team. For example:

  1. You will be screened beforehand (via telephone) and again when you arrive for your appointment. If you have missed an appointment during the recent closure, we will be reaching out to you to reschedule. Please be patient as it may take time to address the current backlog.
  2. We have hand sanitizer that we will ask you to use when you enter the office. You will also find some in the reception area and other places in the office for you to use as needed.
  3. Our waiting area has been modified to eliminate unnecessary items at risk for cross-contamination, such as magazines and our beverage station. An air purifier has also been installed, as well as in every operatory.
  4. Since appointments will be managed to allow for social distancing between patients, you may be offered fewer options for appointments.
  5. We plan to allow more time between appointments to reduce traffic. Please check-in from your car via phone and wait in your car until you are called, at which point you will be taken directly to your treatment room. We also ask that adults consider coming to appointments alone. For children, we ask that only one adult come with them to their appointment.
  6. We have worked diligently to abide by all current and updated PPE (personal protective equipment) standards per the recommendations of the ADA, CDC, and OSHA. You may recognize these changes during interactions with staff.
  7. In keeping with these recommendations, all patients and family members are asked to wear a mask/face covering to all office visits. Unfortunately, we do not have the extra PPE to supply our patients, so please bring your own.

We look forward to seeing you again and are happy to answer any questions you may have about the steps we take to keep you, and every patient, safe in our practice. To make an appointment, please call 919-590-5450 or visit our contact page. Thank you for your cooperation!

Dr. Ben and Megumi Lambeth