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A 16-year-old female asked:

just brushed my teeth and i also found blood! i am afraid of the dentist so i hide this from my mom... what should i do? is this bad? thanks.

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Dr. David Satloff
Pain Management 40 years experience
Gingivitis: gingivitis is the initial stage of periodontal disease . You need to floss your teeth twice daily.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Bleeding gums: At your age it should be easy to establish healthy gums and stop the bleeding. Early detection, proper oral hygiene (tooth brushing and flossing) along with removal of hard deposits of calculus (tartar) are essential to improvement. Modern dental treatment can be completely pain free. Be smart and get this resolved. Not seeking proper dental care will only result in more serious problems.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Yes: But it's easily and painlessly fixed. Please let your Mom low so that she can make an appointment with your Dentist to determine what's causing the bleeding (probably gum infection that will only get worse with neglect) discuss the appropriate treatment plan with you and your Mom, and discuss your fears and how they can be addressed. This is not a hard fix if you address it now.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

I spit blood most mornings despite going to bed with a brushed and cleaned teeth, what is wrong with me?

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Dr. Patrick Melder
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Ain't normal: It's hard to say... It could be blood from your sinuses/nasal cavity or from large vessles or "varicies" at the back part of the tongue. Either way, i would get it checked.
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A 33-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when u spit blood sometimes not when I brush my teeth?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
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Many possibililities: Spitting up blood once awhile, e.g. 1x/yr, might just mean that a tiny blood vessel was torn somewhere along the nasal, oral, food tube, or breathing tube passages, ex: when someone has a cold and blows one' s nose aggressively. However frequent spitting up of blood could indicate a bleeding disorder, a growth, an infection, among other causes along these same areas. See doc if occurs much&often.
A 16-year-old female asked:

Is it normal to brush your teeth and blood comes out? Could it be caused by brushing it too hard?

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Dr. Richard Charmoy
Dentistry 36 years experience
Couple reasons: Furst and foremost periodontal disease or gingivitis . Ginigivitis if you go to dentist reguarly. If you don't then most like some level of perodobtal. But you can get if from being over aggressive with brushing and flossing, use a soft toothbrush and proper technique shown by your dentist . If female hormone can effect the giniva at different times in menstrol cycle, pregnancy. Also somedications.
A 44-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to brush your teeth even if there's blood?

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Dr. John Thaler
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Yes. : Most often there is blood from gum inflammation called gingivitis. Effective daily cleaning of the teeth and gums will lead to a reduction in the bleeding. However, you may need a professional cleaning at the dentist to fully clean the teeth and allow the gums to heal and not bleed. Make an appointment for a cleaning and exam.
A 30-year-old male asked:

When i m do brush mostly blood comes to my teeth in dangerous?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
See doc.: If this is a new symptom it suggests that your gum disease is out of control or that your clotting / platelets are not working well. You will likely need a blood test to sort this out.

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