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.

We all have heard people telling us that it is nothing to worry about if you spit a bit of pink after brushing your teeth. Without doing any research of our own or meeting a dentist, we take their words as the truth and continue with our lives. The real problem starts when gums swell or they start to bleed, more than usual.

The problem of not taking timely action is that you’d have to suffer more pain and of course go through the costly treatments. From booking an appointment to getting to the root cause and finally getting rid of it, it takes a lot of time and dollars!

So our recommendation? Please do not take it lightly.



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

If you are currently facing this issue and want to get an expert opinion, visit iSmile today and hear what our dentists have to say. Get an appointment today!

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Dr. Jeffrey Shapiro 

Manhattan Cosmetic Dentist