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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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Can Cavities Be Reversed?

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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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How Often Should You Floss Your Teeth?

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There are many reasons to show off your brilliant smile, including having a healthy mouth and oral hygiene routine. When it comes to oral hygiene, you should floss your teeth at least once a day. Along with regularly scheduled dental exams and cleanings, your oral hygiene routine outside of the dentist’s office is very important. […]

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How Do You Get Cavities?

Close-up of toddler's mouth and a hand of a dentist holding a dental mirror examining her teeth with cavities

Brushing and flossing correctly is one of the most effective ways to prevent cavities. However, even if people practice good oral hygiene, they may develop cavities that need restorative care. A cavity, also known as tooth decay, is a hole that develops in the enamel of your tooth. Cavities start small and grow larger over […]

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