If your gums bleed when flossing, you probably need to change your dental care regimen a bit. That doesn't mean your mouth is unclean, but it can mean you need to floss more often. It's fairly common for gums to bleed when you first begin flossing between teeth, and as long as the bleeding stops quickly, it's not usually considered a problem. While it might feel like the opposite of what you should do, continue to floss daily.
Once you get into the habit of flossing regularly, you shouldn’t experience bleeding.
Here are a couple things you can do if your gums are bleeding.
Step Up Oral Care -
Bleeding gums is sometimes caused by plaque buildup along the gum-line. When you don't remove plaque in a timely manner, it hardens into tartar and continues to irritate the gums, which can cause them to bleed and can progress into different forms of gum disease. The best way to reduce plaque buildup and your risk for bleeding gums is to up your oral care routine.
Take a look at what your using -
Although it might seem that a toothbrush with medium or firm bristles cleans your teeth and gums more deeply or thoroughly, harder bristles usually just cause irritation to your gums. Use a soft bristle brush to prevent gum irritation and damage to your tooth enamel. In some cases, it might not be the tools that are causing the bleeding, but the way you're using them. If you've been out of the habit of flossing, start again. You might see a bit of blood, remember to always use a gentle hand and avoid pressing the floss against your teeth and gums too hard.
Consider Medications -Certain medicines also increase the likelihood that your gums will bleed. Always talk to your doctor if you think a medication is causing side effects, even if they seem mild.
See your dentist - The Dentist will do an exam and evaluate your oral health. In some cases, bleeding gums are no big deal, but in certain instances can warrant professional treatment.