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I wear a retainer and often have slight bleeding from my gums when I brush. Are these connected? Or is something wrong?

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Dr. John Thaler
Dentistry - Prosthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Maybe

If the retainer does not fit correctly, or pushes against your gums, this might be the source.
You may also be overdue for your cleaning and have buildup which will contribute. See your dentist to check the fit, adjust as needed, and advise about cleaning and home care.

In brief: Maybe

If the retainer does not fit correctly, or pushes against your gums, this might be the source.
You may also be overdue for your cleaning and have buildup which will contribute. See your dentist to check the fit, adjust as needed, and advise about cleaning and home care.
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler
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2 doctors agree

In brief: Gingivitis

Sounds like you might have gingivitis.
If it has gone into the bone it could cause tooth loss. A retainer might make it more challenging to keep your teeth clean. You might consider a check up with a dentist to make sure it is not too serious.

In brief: Gingivitis

Sounds like you might have gingivitis.
If it has gone into the bone it could cause tooth loss. A retainer might make it more challenging to keep your teeth clean. You might consider a check up with a dentist to make sure it is not too serious.
Dr. John Van der Werff
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Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dentistry - Cosmetic

In brief: Possible

But not probable.
If you are bleeding in the area where the retainer lays agains your gums there may be a connection. Possible irritation or hers infection.

In brief: Possible

But not probable.
If you are bleeding in the area where the retainer lays agains your gums there may be a connection. Possible irritation or hers infection.
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
Dr. Alex Shvartsman
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Dr. Ray Tidman
Family Medicine

In brief: Good hygene

If after a couple weeks of vigorous daily brushing and flossing you still have bleeding, seek an early dental check up.

In brief: Good hygene

If after a couple weeks of vigorous daily brushing and flossing you still have bleeding, seek an early dental check up.
Dr. Ray Tidman
Dr. Ray Tidman
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