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A 18-year-old female asked:

Whenever i try to brush my teeth my gums look bright red and swollen and they bleed. does this mean i have gum disease? it also hurts

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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
Dentistry 38 years experience
See dentist ASAP: See your dentist or hygienist for a definitive diagnosis. At age eighteen, it is possible that you need an excellent professional cleaning coupled with enhanced home care to remedy the situation.
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Gingivitis: bright red and swollen gums; it may be a sign that you are at risk for or already have gum disease. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. Do not delay,
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Gum disease: It is not normal for gums to be red, swollen and bleed. At your age you probably have the milder form of gum disease which is known as gingivitis. Left untreated it becomes worse. In most cases, a proper professional prophylaxis (cleaning) followed by good oral hygiene tooth brushing and flossing will resolve the problem. See your dentist for an evaluation and treatment.

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