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If your gums bleed when you have braces, then you need to step up your smile care. Bloody gums are a symptom of gingivitis, which is the first stage of a serious and dangerous dental issue: gum disease. So, it’s important to take good care of your oral tissues as you align your smile. Our orthodontist, Dr. Joseph P. Goodson, is happy to help you do so by giving you some tips.

First, you need to step it up when it comes to flossing. This means you need to make sure to floss at least once a day. If possible, floss more. It’s even better if you floss after each time you brush. As you floss, make sure to have the proper routine. If you have a hard time flossing, feel free to talk to our orthodontic team about the best tricks to make flossing easier.

Second, you need to make sure and visit your dental office every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. This is very important because the cleaning treatment will help you treat gum disease and restore your oral health. It will also help your gums stop bleeding.

To learn more about how to care for your gums when you have braces in Austin, Texas, please reach out to Joseph P. Goodson DMD, MS at 512-258-6683 and talk to a member of our orthodontic team. We are here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the information you need!