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Pink in the Sink When Brushing?

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You are brushing and flossing like normal, when you suddenly notice red on your toothbrush. What should you do when you spit and see “pink in the sink.” While this is not uncommon, bleeding during brushing or flossing should not be ignored. It may involve a simple change in your dental hygiene tools or your brushing technique. However, it can also indicate a more serious oral health concern that needs early attention.

Here are some reasons that you may be seeing pink in the sink on a regular basis:

You are brushing too aggressively
Believe it or not, you don’t have to scrub hard or vigorously to clean your teeth. In fact, plaque is a sticky substance that is easily removed with a gentle to moderate force from your toothbrush. If your gums are bleeding a bit when you brush, try scaling back your brushing efforts to see if it resolves.
Your bristles are too hard
A soft nylon bristle brush is recommended for most patients. If your gums seem to be irritated or bleeding often, try changing out your medium to hard bristle brush for a softer alternative. This causes less damage to sensitive or tender gums.
You’re not flossing enough
It is common to see pink in the sink when you’ve neglected to floss for weeks and suddenly decide to pick up the task. Don’t be alarmed. Bleeding when flossing typically does not mean you should stop flossing – instead, it may mean that you need to do the job more often.
You have gingivitis

If you have altered your brushing habits and changed out toothbrush and continue to see blood, it is time to see a dentist. Your bleeding gums may be a warning sign of early gum disease, or gingivitis. This is the beginning stages of an infection, which can be marked by bleeding, swollen and tender gums. While untreated gum disease can lead to tooth loss and other serious threats to your health, gum disease that is detected and treated early is easily reversed. You may need a professional cleaning or a scaling and root planing procedure (deep cleaning).

Are you concerned about your bleeding gums? Let us determine why you are seeing pink in the sink. Call Mitzi Morris, DMD today!

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Mitzi D. Morris, DMD, PC

4.8/ 5.0

Based on 44 reviews

  • Dr. Morris is an excellent dentist. Her ability to relate to her patients makes her a stand-out amongst those in her profession. She practices dentistry with superior technique and care. Her staff is friendly, helpful, and accommodating. I feel she hires only the best! One special mention: I suffer from panic attacks at times- along with claustrophobia. Dr. Morris is the first dentist I have ever had who helped calm my fears. Thus, my experience exceeded expectations! Great service!

    Cathy Q
  • Going to a new dentist can be stressful, but this experience was the BEST I have ever had. Dr. Morris and Dr. Fields are a cut above the rest, and they offer state of the art technology, and an environment that takes the sting out of going to the dentist for sure. Conveniently located in Roswell, the staff is caring, patient-focused, and efficient. I've never smiled so much at a dentist's office! I highly recommend friends and family making their next visit to this dentist. Pain free!!!!

    Lesley G
  • Definitely would recommend Dr. Morris to anyone. She has been my dentist for over 8 years! Dr. Morris is extremely personable and is serious about the completing the best care possible. Great established dental team! Very accommodating to your schedule.

    Kelly T
  • Great and very educational experience. Compared to my last two dentists this experience blows them both out of the water. The staff is very friendly, and very helpful. I had to go in for a total of four visits a few weeks apart from each other. They made me feel very comfortable the entire time and kept making sure I was pleased. Getting a deep cleaning went very smoothly. It was also brought to my attention that the way I was flossing was incorrect. And have since changed methods. I worked specifically with Dr. Morris. She was very nice, and took the time to explain things. Which is a huge plus for me. Dr. Morris and the staff members worked effortlessly together. I was comfortable enough to sit back and relax, strangely enough, while having cavities drilled and fillings put in. Billing and scheduling appointments, as well as follow up for confirmation of upcoming appointments was very easy. I will say my favorite part of the experience was how friendly of an environment the staff has created. That alone is deserving of a 5 star review, and the rest is honestly icing on the cake. I highly recommend this practice on all fronts and will continue using them!

    Eric F
  • I transferred from a long-term and very good relationship with my former dentist because of a move, and I was a little apprehensive about a new dentist. Dr. Morris has been great. She is friendly, patient-concerned and the office is new, comfortable and clean. Everyone seems to enjoy working there. I feel like I'm in good hands!

    Christopher P
  • Dr. Morris and her staff are very professional. Additionally, she as well as her staff have an excellent "bedside manner." The office is new and well equipped. If one has an appointment and an earlier one opens up, Dr. Morris offers it to her patients as she did with my last appointment.

    David G
  • I have never met a staff so nice and charming. This staff will make you feel comfortable and relaxed in Dr. Morris's Spa like office and everyone is professional and approachable too. Andrea R. explained the process of my appointment and procedures and is definitely a highly-educated and thorough dental hygenist -- SHE IS A ROCKSTAR. I'm so glad that Dr. Morris and her dental team have been my "go-to" for the last 5 years, and I wont be going anywhere else! Overall - A++ Dr. Morris...highly recommended to my family and friends!!!

    Adam O
  • I've been a patient of Dr. Mitzi Morris for many years, and recommend her without reservation. The office is modern. clean and spacious. The staff has always been welcoming and very helpful. And the women who work for her as dental technicians are fantastic; they do a professional and effective deep cleaning, but with a careful, gentle touch. It is clear to me that Dr. Morris reads her professional journals and upgrades her practice to stay very current with the latest best practices in dentistry. (I have had some dentists who stopped updating their practices after leaving dental school!) With Dr. Morris you can count on receiving the very latest dental technology. Her prices are very fair, and I have never been surprised by an unexpected cost or had problems with insurance not covering services rendered.

    Bruce C

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