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Why have my gums stopped bleeding? i have had bleeding gums for years when i floss - big time - & when i get them cleaned at the dentist. i don't floss regularly is my problem and that hasn't changed. however i have noticed over the last month they compl

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Dr. Steven Hart
Cosmetic Dentistry 47 years experience
Curcumin : Curcumin does claim to have anti-inflammatory properties. When gums bleed it is because bacterial plaque (food and bacteria) that is not brushed or flossed away leads to a localized inflammatory process. In its most basic form it is called gingivitis. Usually, the bacterial plaque needs to be removed and through proper daily oral hygiene the inflammation will dissipate so that little or no bleeding is evident. Although superficially (with the curcumin) you might be getting no bleeding, you should allow your dentist or periodontist to evaluate the "gum pockets" around your teeth. It may be possible that you have masked a more significant underlying problem, periodontitis (which involves bone loss around the teeth and can ultimately lead to tooth loss).
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Dr. Peter Eng
35 years experience
It can come and go: Bleeding gums can come and go. It may stop for a while, but if you do not floss and plaque builds up, it will bleed again.
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Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 44 years experience
Better or worse: The two best possibilities are that your hone care is finally paying off. The other is not so good-your problem has progresses to where the edges of your guns are no longer so inflamed because the problem is now active in the spaces we call pockets between your teeth and gums below the surface. Your dentist has more information. You should ask.
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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 42 years experience
Curcumin : Curcumin has been shown to have antiinflammatory properties. It may have helped your bleeding gums by reducing the inflammation, but in and of itself the spice will not heal or cure gum disease. Your post did not say whether your dentist said you had bone loss or pocketing, some of the side effects of periodontal disease. Just because your gums aren't bleeding doesn't mean you don't have these problems. If your dentist has told you that you don't have pocketing and don't have periodontal disease, just inflammed gums, then this supplement has helped you with this inflammation.
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Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 52 years experience
Deficiency?: If you have your teeth cleaned regularly and floss, you may have a vitamin deficiency. Scurvy is a vitamin deficiency of vitamin c. It is rare in today's world, but the symptoms are bleeding gums. Consult with your dentist about taking one gram of vitamin c daily.
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Last updated Oct 14, 2018

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