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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
Cardiology 44 years experience
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?
Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry 42 years experience
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.
Dr. Gregory LaMorte
Periodontics 42 years experience
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?
Dr. Stephen Gordon
Dentistry 43 years experience
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.
Dr. David Rosenfeld
Pain Management 27 years experience
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.

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