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A 41-year-old member asked:

is it normal for swollen gums to bleed?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Yes, but: Yes, swollen gums often bleed more easily. However, with good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy and stop bleeding so easily and stop being swollen. Floss daily, brush after meals, consider a water pik, and see your dentist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist about other considerations.
Dr. Hetesh Ranchod -- Dr. Ranch
Dentistry 26 years experience
Wrong question: While swollen gums usually bleed, it is not healthy to have swollen gums. Bleeding gums is an early sign of gum disease that needs to be addressed before the progression causes irreversible damage to the bone supporting your teeth. The treatment will include some level of teeth "cleaning', and instructions on how to do a better job at home to prevent a recurrence.

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A 29-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned about a few days of consecutive bleeding in third month of pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Yes. Need to see doc: Bleeding in early pregnancy is common affecting almost half of pregnancies but it needs to be evaluate for infection, placenta problems and possible miscarriage.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What causes bleeding in the third trimester?

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Dr. Deya Dafashy
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Multiple: Placental abruption, placenta previa , local lesions and unidentified cause, are the commonest reason behind bleeding in the third trimester.
A member asked:

The gums above my two front teeth are swollen and I need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do I do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
A 31-year-old member asked:

How can inflammed and swollen gums be treated?

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Dr. Daniel Sampson
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 26 years experience
It depends: On the cause. Most of the time, this is due to plaque and calculus and is treated by a professional cleaning and good oral hygiene. However, some serious systemic diseases can cause swollen gums, so it is best to visit a dentist for an evaluation.
A 35-year-old member asked:

My friend insists that I should perform oral sex on her. Is this hygienic if I have bad gums?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah
Dentistry 23 years experience
Gums vs. hygiene?: If by stating you have bad gums that you have untreated periodontal disease caused by poor oral hygiene and lack of dental care then you may be harboring many potentially harmful organisms in your mouth and will likely transfer them to her when doing the act. If by bad gums you mean that they are receding yet you have good oral hygiene and get regular dental care then you should be fine.

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