Brushing with Braces: Why Do My Gums Start Bleeding?

Contrary to popular opinion, you aren’t more likely to experience tooth discoloration, puffy gums, and, ultimately, bleeding gums due to braces. You are, however, likely to experience all three of these consequences due to poor dental hygiene. Click here to stop making these mistakes today.


In addition to switching to an electric toothbrush for braces, here’s what you can do to avoid bleeding gums while brushing your teeth.

Brush for Better Health

It’s common to experience swollen gums when you wear braces. It’s caused by irritated gums, which, in turn, are caused by the braces. Stop the irritation if you want to stop the swelling and prevent subsequent bleeding, gingival hyperplasia, or worse, by continuing to brush your teeth with our sonic toothbrush for braces.


While brushing after every meal should stop the bleeding and make your gums less irritated, you should see a dentist if the problem persists.

Book Dental Cleanings

Dental cleanings are recommended before and after starting orthodontic treatment. Plaque may take minutes to develop, meaning it will most likely be present when you’re getting braces.


Request a dental cleaning before getting braces to avoid overlaying the braces on any plaque and detect and treat existing decay and other issues. Your orthodontist will check over and under your gums and clean every surface before installing the braces.


Book dental cleanings every six months to thoroughly clean the nooks and crannies created by your brackets and wires, avoid bleeding gums and speed up your orthodontic treatment.


A Woman Looking at her Teeth in a Handheld Mirror After a Dental Cleaning


Add Ortho Floss to Your Routine

Only brushing your teeth with an electronic toothbrush after every meal isn’t enough to keep the swelling under control. It would be best if you also flossed once a day, before or after one of your brushing cycles, to get all the food particles between your teeth and around the brackets and wires.


Like brushing, flossing is essential for your teeth and gums. Unlike brushing, it’s only good in moderation. Switch to Ortho Floss, which is made to help people with braces avoid the following:


  • Tooth decay
  • Gingivitis
  • Halitosis
  • Gum pain and swelling

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Access LBailar products at a discount no matter where you’re located because if there’s anything we all have in common, it’s dental health. If you wear braces, you’ll need the safe cleaning provided by our sonic toothbrush and flosser for braces. If you don’t wear braces, get our electric flosser online to effectively rid the area between your teeth of plaque.


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