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i have gingivitis, what can i do to stop my gums from bleeding during cleaning? take aspirin

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
Soft brush: Be sure you're using a soft (not medium or hard) brush, brush gently, and if bleeding persists, see your dentist. Aspirin will, of course, make you more prone to bleed. Do you need aspirin?
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
41 years experience Dentistry
See your dentist: Although Aspirin has an antiplatelet effect by inhibiting the production of thromboxane, it should not by itself cause bleeding gums, especially at the low dose of 81 mg. Bacteria in plaque is the real cause of bleeding gums. Especially in your condition, you need to get a professional cleaning every 3 months to reduce the bacteria and plaque that may travel through your blood stream.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
41 years experience Periodontics
Expect some: You should expect some bleeding due to the aspirin. What does your dentist say? Do they think it is excessive bleeding? Have they made other recommendations to treat your condition?
Answered on Jan 8, 2015
Dr. Stephen Gordon
42 years experience Dentistry
Treat the cause: Gingivitis is an infection of your gums caused by bacteria. Consider perio protect method to kill up to 99.98% of the bacteria using specially designed, easy to wear, soft trays filled with a special low concentration peroxide. Works better than antibiotics. Side effect is whiter teeth too! then each subsequent cleaning appointment will be better for you with less bleeding. www.perioprotect.com.
Answered on Dec 9, 2013
Dr. David Rosenfeld
26 years experience Pain Management
See below: Dr. Gordon gives great information in his answer. If you can stop the Aspirin for a week before the cleaning it would help. Only do so with the approval of your doctor.
Answered on Jun 24, 2014

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