Your Toothpaste Spit Shouldn’t Be 50 Shades of Red

Your Toothpaste Spit Shouldn’t Be 50 Shades of Red


OK, you’re brushing your teeth as usual but this time, when you spit, you notice a bit of pink in the spittle. While it might not seem like a big deal, it actually is. One of the first signs of early gum disease, called gingivitis, is bleeding in the gums, often noticed during brushing. Other signs include consistent bad breath and receding gums.

Obviously, the first thing you need to do if you notice the above in your own life, is to call our Lower Manhattan dental office and schedule an appointment. We’re pros at controlling and conquering periodontal disease before it leads to tooth loss. After a thorough dental exam, we’ll create a plan of action to get you back to dental health.

Prevention of gum disease is, however, the best route, inasmuch as I assume you’d like to avoid the “pink in the sink” phenomenon. If you follow these suggestions, I promise you a healthier dental profile!

  1. Stay away from tobacco! That includes vaping and other forms of tobacco use.
  2. Call us when you start a new prescription, as some meds contribute to gum disease.
  3. Buy an oral flossing machine and use it every day!
  4. Learn how to brush properly. Ask us or, faster, check out YouTube for videos
  5. Use mouthwash that doesn’t contain alcohol.
  6. Stay away from sweets
  7. Keep your twice-a-year appointments

To your health & beauty,
Jeffrey Shapiro, DDS, PC and Glenn Chiarello, DDS
NYC Cosmetic Dentists

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