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Pt. F/68 with bleeding gum after dental cleaning. It's been bleeding for 17hours. She's on plavix, monopril (fosinopril) anddigoxin.

Pt. F/68 with bleeding gum after dental cleaning. It's been bleeding for 17hours. She's on plavix, monopril (fosinopril) anddigoxin.

Bleeding gums: Plavix (clopidogrel) will increase the chance of bleeding following surgical procedures and deep cleanings. Since we cannot know her full medical and dental history as well as periodontal condition (bone loss, pocketing, etc) we can't really comment beyond that. She should notify the dentist who actually treated her for advice. ...Read more

Dr. Earl Sandroff
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Dental Cleaning (Definition)

Periodontitis is inflammation and infection of the ligaments and bones that support the teeth. It is important to have the teeth cleaned thoroughly. This may involve use of various instruments or devices to loosen and remove deposits from the teeth (scaling). Meticulous home oral hygiene is necessary after professional tooth cleaning to limit further destruction. The dentist or hygienist will demonstrate brushing and flossing techniques. It is often recommended that patients with periodontitis have professional tooth cleaning more frequently ...Read more


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I got a dental cleaning nearly 3 weeks ago. With proper home care added, my lower gums no longer bleed. When can I expect my top gums to stop as well?

I got a dental cleaning nearly 3 weeks ago. With proper home care added, my lower gums no longer bleed. When can I expect my top gums to stop as well?

Ask: You will have to ask your Dentist, the person that knows the condition of you gums best, for an appropriate answer. If you have concerns, you may want to speak to your Dentist about seeing a gum/bone specialist, a Periodontist. Your Dentist can tell you if specialty referral is indicated. ...Read more

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I notice that after a dental cleaning and more brushing, my gums still bleed but less so, is that how the process works?

I notice that after a dental cleaning and more brushing, my gums still bleed but less so, is that how the process works?

Sort-of: Bleeding caused by infection/inflammation. Professional cleaning removes bacteria, as does flossing or Water-Pik. It's the bacteria that cause the bleeding. If bleeding does not completely stop, talk to your Dentist about your oral hygiene technique (for example failure to floss leaves >30% of hour teeth covered with bacteria. Referral to Periodontist may be in order. Ask your Dentist. ...Read more

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Facial pain after dental work and Gum bleeding?

Facial pain after dental work and Gum bleeding?

Immediately: Remember that "dental work" are surgical procedures and may have a protracted healing time. If you are in pain, if you have bleeding or swelling, immediately call your treating Dentist and report your concerns. He/she may want to see hoofer reevaluation. Call now. ...Read more

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Do you know are bleeding gums a sign of poor dental care or gingivitus?

Do you know are bleeding gums a sign of poor dental care or gingivitus?

Gingivitis: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today!
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Are my bleeding gums a sign of poor dental care or gingivitis?

Are my bleeding gums a sign of poor dental care or gingivitis?

Most definitely: Yes. Inflamed gums bleed. Gingivitis is gum inflammation. Today non-surgical methods exist as we'll as laser assisted gum disease treatment. We use both in my office in smithtown, long island. ...Read more

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French kissed an HIV positive person. I had recent dental work & was unsure about whether he had bleeding gums or open sores. Is my risk high for hiv?

French kissed an HIV positive person. I had recent dental work & was unsure about whether he had bleeding gums or open sores. Is my risk high for hiv?

Saliva and HIV: Saliva does carry the Aids Virus; however, his saliva would need to come into contact with inflamed gingival tissue that may bleed for example. If you need to pursue this behavior with him - there is a product called dental dam that would keep fluids from passing between the two of you! ...Read more

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Sudden onset, sore swollen bleeding gums in entire mouth. No gum disease at all, no meds, no tobacco, no over flossing, What non dental causes?

Sudden onset, sore swollen bleeding gums in entire mouth. No gum disease at all, no meds, no tobacco, no over flossing, What non dental causes?

Get a dental exam: Bleeding gums are often the first sign of gingivitis. Brushing too hard can also cause bleeding. Cigarettes and other tobacco products also may be causative. You need a dental exam as soon as possible. ...Read more

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I have sinusitis and I have a stretching sensation in the teeth. Is it possible to get gum bleeding because of this?

I have sinusitis and I have a stretching sensation in the teeth. Is it possible to get gum bleeding because of this?

Not really: Altered sensation or temperature sensitivity in the teeth is common with sinusitis but not normally bleeding gums. Gingivitis is usually the cause. Only a dentist can diagnosis gingivitis. To help avoid bleeding gums, massage your gums when you brush your teeth and floss daily. ...Read more

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Can I still floss my teeth if I have bleeding gums?

Can I still floss my teeth if I have bleeding gums?

Bleeding gums: The number one cause of bleeding gums is inflammation and infection. Increasing your oral hygiene efforts and flossing more may help stop the bleeding. It may take 4-8 days to see the results. If bleeding of the gums do not stop after 8 days, you should consult your dentist immediately. ...Read more

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What caused my daughter teeth ulcers and bleeding gums help please?

What caused my daughter teeth ulcers and bleeding gums help please?

Viral stomatitis: Is the most common cause of these symptoms, can be associated with a high fever usually in kids under 6, if lasts longer than a week, the child should see his pediatrician for a blood test, or sooner if he won't drink and urinate. ...Read more

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What can I do about my bleeding gums when I brush my teeth?

What can I do about my bleeding gums when I brush my teeth?

Brush/Floss/Care: You need to see a dentist for an evaluation. You may need care to get you started. If you have deposits only professional care can remove them. They can also help determine the best home care regimen for you. ...Read more

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What mouth wash is good for bleeding gums and weakness of teeth?

What mouth wash is good for bleeding gums and weakness of teeth?

Listerine: Listerine can help but brushing and flossing are essential as mouthwash alone will not be enough. You should see a dentist for a teeth cleaning and exam. ...Read more

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Shared toothbrush with girlfriend once. My gum and teeth health is worse than hers. I have slight gum bleeding, she doesn't. Any health risk to either?

Shared toothbrush with girlfriend once. My gum and teeth health is worse than hers. I have slight gum bleeding, she doesn't. Any health risk to either?

Shared toothbrush: Oral infections can be transferred via a shared toothbrush.
Also, if you do not change your toothbrush after an illness or oral infection, you can re-infect yourself with your own toothbrush. ...Read more

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Whenever after I eat but I can't (5) some bleeding gums when I brush my teeth, maybe ithe food I eat?

Whenever after I eat but I can't (5) some bleeding gums when I brush my teeth, maybe ithe food I eat?

Gingivitis: Bleeding gums, human blood taste, can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today!
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My front bottom teeth have changed position over past three years. (I've had bleeding gums since I was 12. My gums have receded a little.) Bone loss?

My front bottom teeth have changed position over past three years. (I've had bleeding gums since I was 12. My gums have receded a little.) Bone loss?

Gum disease: Is an infection of the tissues that surround and support your teeth. If left untreated, periodontal diseases can result in bad breath, red, swollen and bleeding gums and teeth loss. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. ...Read more

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Would you visibly be able to see bone loss in teeth? Bottom incisors have shifted and I'm worried that could be a cause. (I do have bleeding gums)

Would you visibly be able to see bone loss in teeth? Bottom incisors have shifted and I'm worried that could be a cause. (I do have bleeding gums)

Seek exam: You can't see bone loss with the naked eye, the bone is completely covered with gum tissue. If you are seeing gum recession, the underlying bone is receding. Bleeding is indication of gum disease (infection). Shifting is indication of bone loss. Please see your Dentist and ask if referral to a Periodontist is in order. You're too young to have all of these problems. ...Read more

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I've had bleeding gums for 1 or 2 months now. Seems to be white stuff at the bottom of my teeth arou d gums and teeth. And wake up with blood in mouth?

I've had bleeding gums for 1 or 2 months now. Seems to be white stuff at the bottom of my teeth arou d gums and teeth. And wake up with blood in mouth?

Perio disease: Depending on your age and whether / not you have fever and malaise, it may be one of 2 things. Generalized periodontal disease or anug. Anug is very painful, smells bad, and you lose the gum tissue point between your teeth, among other symptoms. Periodontal disease may also have bleeding gums and accumulations along the base of the teeth. See your periodontist fot evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, kinda not intact or detached gums in middle incissors after the last brace adjustment. Had braces for many years. Help?

Sensitive teeth, bleeding gums, kinda not intact or detached gums in middle incissors after the last brace adjustment. Had braces for many years. Help?

Ask Provider: There are a few reasons possible the most common for someone with braces is a need for improved home care. If you haven't for some time, go see your dentist and get a good cleaning. You could also have increases inflamation from the tooth movement. Still clean clean clean. Rinse with warm salt water and continue to scrub. You may benefit from a prescription mouthwash as well. ...Read more

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What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

Bleeding gums: Sign of gum infection. Bravo for brushing his teeth twice daily. Have to brush for 2 full minutes by the clock with a pea-sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste. Must also floss him daily, can-t get between teeth with toothbrush. Important that your son be seen immediately by General Dentist or preferably a Pediatric Dental Specialist. Infection requires immediate treatment. ...Read more

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Hello I have bleeding gums I went to hygienist but they were bleeding more I rinsed with salt listerin brush my teeth twice nothing helps please advic?

Hello I have bleeding gums I went to hygienist but they were bleeding more I rinsed with salt listerin brush my teeth twice nothing helps please advic?

In healing phase?: They may still be in the healing phase. When gums are irritated from plaque & calculus, they bleed. Following a thorough cleaning, the gums begin to heal. Similarly when you scrape your knee, you keep it clean but understand that it takes awhile to heal. Bleeding should diminish over time. Keep brushing and flossing gently and give it some time (1-2 weeks). If not better, go back to your dentist. ...Read more

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I have bleeding gums, what do I do? I have about four extra teeth, one at each end and another by the side of my canine. I was also diagnosed of peridontis some months ago. However, I have no insurance and have been reluctant to visit a dentist. What do I

I have bleeding gums, what do I do? I have about four extra teeth, one at each end and another by the side of my canine. I was also diagnosed of peridontis some months ago. However, I have no insurance and have been reluctant to visit a dentist. What do I

I: I suggest you brush your teeth at least 3 times a day and floss each night. I would see a dentist and ask for recommendations and what gum treatment will cost you. The earlier stages of gum disease can be treated with a procedure called deep scaling. If cost is an issue, I would also look into being treated at an area dental school. ...Read more

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I'm worried I could have bone loss in my teeth? I do have bleeding gums and small pockets (around 4mm) but all my dentist tells me is to floss more.

I'm worried I could have bone loss in my teeth? I do have bleeding gums and small pockets (around 4mm) but all my dentist tells me is to floss more.

See a Periodontist: I would recommend that you see a Periodontist
to get another expert opinion on how well you are actually practicing good home care, whether or not there are other contributing factors, and how to eliminate the bleeding gums. It may take just a little more effort on your part to floss better. Perhaps your dentist is right and that's all that is necessary. Perhaps not---> see a Periodontist. ...Read more

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Went to see dentis - random recurrent bleeding gums due to tartar. Had xray of teeth -fine and need hygienist. Do I still need FBC from GP?

Not necessary: There is no need for FBC before or after any scaling and root planing (deep teeth cleaning) or Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). Most of the time the bleeding is not difficult to control even in patients who are taking anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications. Take care. ...Read more

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My toothbrush was used to scrub poo off the toilet. Seconds later I brushed my teeth with it. I have bleeding gums. Can you catch hep a from day old poo?

My toothbrush was used to scrub poo off the toilet. Seconds later I brushed my teeth with it. I have bleeding gums. Can you catch hep a from day old poo?

Yuk!: Three issues here. First, who didn't throw the toothbrush out right away? Second, you can catch other things as well from the contaminated toothbrush but I would be overly concerned. Third, if you have bleeding gums you need to see a dentist as that is an indication of periodontal (gum) problems which will only get worse over time. A short term illness gets better, while lost teeth is a lifetime. ...Read more

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I have a mouth ulcer near my front bottom teeth and bleeding gums at the moment. How to get rid of them¿?

Not DIY: Bleeding gums are sign of gum infection which is associated w higher risk of heart damage, stroke, kidney/liver damage. Ulcer may be viral or bacterial. Treatment varies according to the diagnosis. You need a Dentist or a Periodontist, now, not a computer link. Please seek professional help. ...Read more

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A friend was exposed to hep c on the job (nurse), and I accidentally drank out of her cup today after brushing my teeth really hard in the am, with bleeding gums. Am I at risk? Should I be tested?

A friend was exposed to hep c on the job (nurse), and I accidentally drank out of her cup today after brushing my teeth really hard in the am, with bleeding gums. Am I at risk? Should I be tested?

Not necessary: Hepatitis c is transmitted by unprotected sex or by your blood exposed to infected blood. Unless the glass was visibly contaminated by her blood you do not have to worry or be tested. You do. Not contract hepatitis c from casual non sex contact. ...Read more

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Can hand leg neck and teeth tremors be from a issue going on in the mouth? I don't have teeth pain but do get random bleeding gums.

Can hand leg neck and teeth tremors be from a issue going on in the mouth? I don't have teeth pain but do get random bleeding gums.

Not likely: But the only way to mind out is to be examined by a general dentist. Note that healthy gums don't bleed. If gums bleed, you almost assuredly have infected gums. Dentist may want you to see a gum specialist, a periodontist. This is not a self limiting problem, so please seek help. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory LaMorte
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Bleeding Gums (Definition)

Gum bleeding is a clinical condition in which the gums bleed easily with only slight trauma, including teeth brushing. This is common with poor dental care ...Read more


Dr. William Singer
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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more