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 Do My Gums Bleed When I Floss?

a man who needs to see a St Lucie County Dentist looks in the mirror while flossing

Did you see a reddish stain when you spit in the sink after flossing? Several reasons cause gums to bleed. While some of them can be less serious, others will require you to visit a St. Lucie County Dentist. 

a woman with bleeding gums needing to see a St Lucie County Dentist

Possible Reasons Why Your Gums Bleed When You Floss 

New Flossing Routine 

Since flossing reduces plaque that builds up between your teeth, it’s a significant part of good oral hygiene. However, if you’re flossing for the first time or you’re not doing it right, it can cause your gums to bleed. Bleeding gums can also occur when you increase your flossing routine’s frequency or skip it for days. 

Poor Nutrition 

Regular consumption of potato chips and other unhealthy foods can irritate your gums and cause them to bleed. If you experience bleeding in the gums after eating junk food, you should seriously consider changing your diet. If you’re looking to improve your dental health, do yourself a favor by eating healthy foods loaded with vitamin C, vitamin D, magnesium, and calcium. 

Stress 

Although stress alone won’t cause your gums to bleed, high stress and anxiety levels can weaken your immune system. When your body’s defense system is down, it won’t be able to fight infections that cause bleeding gums. Additionally, stress triggers inflammation and slows your healing process from a previous infection. 

Diabetes 

Did you know that bleeding gums is among the major symptoms of type 1 and 2 diabetes? This medical condition makes it challenging for your body to combat infections such as gum disease. Living with diabetes can cause gum disease to get out of control and worsen faster than in someone who doesn’t have diabetes. 

Early-onset Gingivitis 

Gingivitis refers to a bacterial infection that causes gum inflammation and bleeding. Unless your dentist catches and treats this condition early, gingivitis can progress to the later stages of gum disease.  

a St Lucie County Dentist checks a female patient's teeth and gums

Do You Need to See a St Lucie County Dentist? 

At Smooth Sailing Dental, we provide the highest quality dental care possible with total commitment to your needs and desires. Call now to make an appointment. 

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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