If you see pink in the sink, it’s time to see your dentist.

by Dr. Fred Peck, DDS 18. May 2015 10:31

Do you see pink in the sink when you brush your teeth?  That pink means your gums are bleeding and could be a symptom of gum problems such as gingivitis or plaque buildup at the gumline.  Be sure to use a soft bristled brush as some brushes may have bristles that are too abrasive for your mouth.  However, healthy gums shouldn't bleed when you brush and pink in the sink means it’s time to call your dentist and get on his schedule for a check-up.

If you have mild or rare bleeding, stepping up your oral health regimen can help.  Brush after every meal and floss at least twice a day.  Mouthwash will also help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and rinses with fluoride will help rebuild enamel.  If you continue to see pink in the sink, though, your dentist should be your next step.   Bleeding of any kind, whether it's in your mouth or elsewhere in your body, points to serious issues that need professional attention.  It's your body's way of saying, "Hey, pay attention to me!"

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