Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA

Adriana Albite, DMD

W. Roger Long, DDS

Bethany Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA

Why Are My Gums Bleeding When I Floss?

woman flossing following the advice of her Treasure Coast Dentist

If you notice your gums are bleeding after you floss, don’t worry, there are plenty of reasons why this happens. While you can always get in touch with a reliable Treasure Coast dentist to help you understand and prevent gum disease, the reasons behind bleeding gums are more common than you might think. Here are some reasons why your gums are bleeding when you floss.  

Treasure Coast Dentist about to check patient's gums

Direct Causes of Bleeding Gums 

Rough Flossing 

A common reason for bleeding gums is applying too much pressure when flossing. People who have left this routine on the backburner often experience bleeding from their gums when they apply too much pressure. The thin layer of skin covering the gums could begin to bruise and bleed because of the constant friction. 

Snapping 

Snapping happens when you abruptly push the floss between your teeth then it forcefully slaps directly into your gums, causing the gum tissue to detach from the tooth. Flossing requires a certain technique and routine to help prevent the tearing of your gums because of snapping.  

The best practice is to slide the floss slowly between your teeth and into your gum line. Many hygienists will also suggest moving in a gentle c-motion around the tooth to scoop out anything that has gotten stuck throughout the day. 

Gum Disease 

Gum diseases, like gingivitis and periodontitis, are some reasons why your gums may bleed when you floss. If it’s been a while since you’re flossed, having your dentist or hygienist check your gums is a great way to avoid future complications

Poor Oral Health 

While it’s fairly common to experience gum bleeding when you first begin flossing, it becomes a problem when the bleeding continues as you begin more consistent. If this happens to you, it’s a sign you may have poor oral health. 

male patient having his gums checked by a Treasure Coast Dentist

Looking for a Reliable Treasure Coast Dentist? 

The best solution for bleeding gums is always to visit your oral health professional. Here at Smooth Sailing Dental, we provide a wide selection of dental treatments and services that will help you resolve your oral health needs. Get in touch with our team today! 

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Coronavirus Announcement Now Offering Telehealth Consultations! COVID-19 Patient Screening Form

Dear Patients and Parents,

We are thrilled to announce the immediate availability of our secure telehealth video service! We now offer fully HIPAA-compliant video conferencing for our patients and friends that is:

Our new video chat service is completely safe and secure, fully protects the privacy of the patient, and works on Android and iOS, on PCs and Macs! The software is fully vetted and tested so that our patients and friends can rest assured that their protected health information will remain private and secure. All you need to have is a computer, tablet or smartphone with Web Cam and audio capabilities and a good internet connection! We are now scheduling appointments for new and established patients to video chat directly with the dentist to review your existing treatment plans and/or answer any of your dental need questions. Patients may schedule video chat appointments by calling our office and speaking with our staff available during business hours Monday through Friday.

Sincerely,
W. Roger Long, DDS, PA
Bethany T. Wierzbicki, DMD, MBA