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A 61-year-old male asked:

Good morning dentists. could blood in saliva/phlegm be related to or from bleeding gums? is there any connection to dry mouth? other than brushing and waterpic, would you be able to offer suggestions as to cause of blood in saliva at night treatment?

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Dr. Neil McLeod
Prosthodontics 49 years experience
Blood is a Warning: While there may be a number of causes for the blood I immediately suspect Gum disease. If you are not removing dental plaque from between your teeth with flossing, and brushing the exposed surfaces of the teeth and gums you are prone to getting inflamed gums. They bleed easily. Brush, Floss and rinse, and see your dentist immediately.
Dr. Robert Trager
Dentistry 55 years experience
POSSIBLY: Blood in saliva could be from poor oral hygiene [bleeding gums] or you could be diabetic or have another medical problem. Dry mouth could be from medications your taking .See a dentist for treatment of gums ,if the bleeding stops than continue the treatment ,if the bleeding continues than see a medical doctor for a consultation and or blood test

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