Dentistry Myths: All Gums Bleed During Dental Checkups

Bleeding gums indicate inflammation, irritation, or infection, especially when associated with brushing and flossing. Many patients believe that all people’s gums bleed during dental visits or when flossing the teeth, but this is a myth or misconception. Healthy gums do not bleed easily and generally will not start bleeding with just flossing or brushing the teeth. During checkups with a family …