October 1, 2015 What’s your dental IQ? These dental myths can have patients scratching their heads, so read on to ensure you’re making wise dental health choices. When my gums are bleeding, I should ease up on brushing. TRICK. While irritated and bleeding gums make you want to leave them alone to heal, don’t. Bleeding gums are a sign that plaque and food particles are accumulating along the gum line, and you need to brush and floss to remove them. Doing so will also remove the source of the bleeding. Your gums may remain sore and continue to bleed for a few days, but they should begin to heal with proper oral care. If the problem persists, give us a call at 775-358-1555 to evaluate your mouth for gum disease and recommend a periodontal disease treatment. Over half of all Americans suffer from periodontal disease, so you’re not alone.While it’s treatable, when left alone, gum disease can deteriorate the bone supporting the teeth and lead to tooth loss. The first step in the diagnosis and gum disease treatment is typically a dental visit.