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Why Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

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Some light bleeding while first beginning to floss is normal. Bacteria, plaque, and tartar buildup near the gumline can irritate and inflame your gums. Flossing to remove this buildup may make your swollen, irritated gums bleed. The bleeding should stop after a few weeks of consistent brushing and flossing because of improved gum health. If the bleeding continues, it may indicate an underlying health issue like gingivitis.  […]

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A Guide to Overcoming Dental Anxiety

A young girl sitting in a chair at the dentist's office with an anxious look.

Nitrous sedation is one approach to managing children’s and adult’s anxiety at the dentist. When you’re feeling anxious about your dental visit, don’t avoid it. Skipping essential preventive appointments can lead to more invasive procedures down the line. Instead, talk to your dentist about your worries and explore the options to address them.   […]

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Can Cavities Be Reversed?

A dentist presenting a cross-section model of a tooth with cavities to a child.

Cavities occur from the buildup of plaque on teeth. Plaque contains bacteria that produce acids that weaken tooth enamel, leading to decay. You can reverse cavities when caught in the early stages with good dental hygiene practices.  […]

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