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A 41-year-old male asked:

Really dry nose and throat. i have also been diagnosed and being treated for periodontal disease. some mornings when i wake up while brushing teeth and tongue i spit and gag blood. is this from deep pockets as i dont see active bleeding sometimes?

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Dr. Aaron Shapiro
General Practice 8 years experience
Bleeding from your gums when bushing your teeth could be from brushing too hard or a sign of gum disease. Follow up with your dentist regarding your oral health. Thank you for using HealthTap for your health questions!
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Dr. Dwight Romriell
Pain Management 46 years experience
There is likely an association of the dry noise and likely dry mouth with the diagnosed periodontal disease. The combination would cause bleeding. There is need to follow though with the perio. treatment. I and would also suggest the use of zylitol to deal with the dry noise and likely mouth also decreasing the local bacteria flora.
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 54 years experience
Dry nose/throat may be from compromised airway/snoring/sleep apnea.Sleep study would be advisable. Bleeding is consistent with gum disease, infected gums/bone. But you describe significant bleeding, more than usual. Would also advise seeing BOTH a specialist Periodontist, a specialist ENT, and a specialist Pulmonologist.
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Dr. Toshi Hart
Dentistry 30 years experience
Mouth Breathing at night can cause a dry throat & gingival inflammation/gingivitis with bleeding & swollen gums. Seek advice from a dentist especially one who has training in Orthodontics or Airway & Sleep Apnea. Sometimes our small jaws cause us to breathe through our mouth instead of our nose.
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Last updated Oct 6, 2021

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