You’re having a nice day, you step into the bathroom with your child to make your way through dental hygiene, and then you notice that as your child spits into the sink, it’s not the usual minty toothpaste-y color it usually is. Instead, you’re seeing pink! Before you become frantic and assume something is terribly wrong, remember that there is likely a very simple explanation (and care, should your little one require it). Gather some helpful facts from your Riverside children’s dentist.

It’s Bleeding Gums

Two things may be happening here. Either your child has a minor abrasion on his or her gums and the pink hue you see in the sink is a bit of blood. Or, your child’s gums are bleeding! Check your child’s gums to see if they are bleeding, appear puffy, look red, etc. If so, come see us for a checkup. Your Riverside children’s dentist reminds you that gingivitis is easy to treat but can become serious if neglected.

You Forgot: It’s New Toothpaste

Do you usually use a green minty paste but you just changed to a red cinnamon paste? Don’t overlook this detail. It’s easy to forget about and just might be the cause of the new hue you’re seeing in the sink during hygiene!

Your Child Just Ate Something Vibrant

What did you and your children eat before your dental hygiene session, your Riverside dentist asks? Strawberries? Fruit punch? A red lollipop? Don’t forget that strong pigments can adhere to the tongue for quite a while. If you brush after eating something that’s red, pink, or similarly hued, chances are good you’re going to see it when you spit during your dental hygiene session. Consider this every time you brush!

See Us For Gum Concerns For Beneficial Care

If you think your child’s gums (or your gums) are bleeding, come in for a visit, so we may protect your gum health. Give us a call in Riverside, CA to schedule a consultation with your dentist. We are proud to serve patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.