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    Gum Disease

    Gum disease begins as a build-up of bacteria and waste products on your teeth that irritate your gums. Read more →

    I had all my teeth out at the age of24,had bleeding gums very bad, are now 64 and for some reason have started this week with pain in my gums which is getting worse, even if I do not wear my dentures, to try to ease the situation, any ideas please





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    hello, im 25 and ive been bleeding in my gums ever since i was a child when i brushed my teeth. my teeth are in excellent condition, and i can not figure out what might be causing all the bleeding?





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    Hi, I also have this problem and have had it since I was young like you. It could be just that your gums have been slightly inflammed. I would suggest that after thoroughly brushing your teeth, spend a minute on just your gums. Your gums will still bleed, but as you continue to brush them, they will toughen up and bleed less as time passes. Works for me! Hope this helps!

    yes MASSAGE your come with a SOFT brush, use floss and colgate flourigard twice a day and you'll be laughing

    Hi, I am 21 and the only time my gums bleed is when I brush them, I don't like brushing my teeth because it hurts and I seem to have a strong gag reflex so that I nearly throw up every time I brush my teeth, is there anything I can do to stop my gums bleeding?





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    You need to go to the dentist this seems to be the early stages of gum disease I'm only 25 and have recently been Diagnosed I have attended a few sessions with my dental hygienist and the problem is now under control

    can you help i have been suffering for two years now with sore gums it can be sore when i eat for the first time each day my dentist has said my teeth are fine and everytime i say about my gums he just tells me to keep cleaning them i clean my teeth twice a day with corsodyl toothpaste and flossy and use corsodyl mouthwash and dental gel but nothing seems to work is they anyone i can see about my gums apart from my dentist and also is there anything i can get to help my gums





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    My advice would be to see a really good private dentist's hygienist/therapist. A BACD accredited member is a good place to start. You will have to pay, but if it's bothering you this much. Dentists are not all as concerned with gum disease as they could be - especially NHS. A "scale and polish" on the NHS takes 15 mins and that's clean chair to clean chair. I don't think it can be done properly in 15 mins, and if you have sensitive gums...

    I am 13 My gums are bleeding a little when I brush them and they are swollen and sensitive to touch, is this something to worry about?





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    This is often a condition called 'gingivitis' which means that the gingiva are inflamed (swollen and red) due to the presence of 'plaque' (bacteria/food etc.). This can be cured by brushing effectively twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste. Ask your dentist for some help improving your brushing technique and this will clear up in no time.

    please help. I'm 10 weeks pregnant and my teeth and gums are coming away from each other also my gums bleed when brushing. what can be done please? thanks





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    I'm 26 years old and over the last few months have noticed that my gums are getting smaller resulting in you being able to see more amd more of the top of my teeth. Aslo when i brush my gums bleed what can this be and how can i treat it?





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    When you brush your teeth, be a bit more gentler, you can have special mouthwashes that help with this and you should make sure that the foods you eat don't harm your gums.

    you sound like u have gum disease brushing twice a day and using a good mouth wash will help this

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    Aloha! I am a 26 years old single female, i am so worried about the blood in my mouth every morning that i wake up. I was diagnosed with Hyperthyroidism 2 years ago and took carbimazole and prophylthiuracil tablets. I voluntarily stopped taking them coz it seems thEY DON'T HAVE AN effect at all. THE BLEEDING IN MY MOUTH OCCURED A YEAR AGO BUT I DO NOT KNOW IF IT IS BECAUSE OF MY HYPERTHYROIDISM AND OR GUM DISEASE?i have observed that my gums bleed easily eventhough i gently brush them with an anti-bacterial toothpaste. Always the blood can be settling at tthe back of my throat. IS my throid bleeding? Kindly help me please!





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    i have some reseeding on my gums. can the gums repair now i do not smoke





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    hi im 19years of age, i havent seen a dentist in 4years due to me having agoraphobia i suffer with bad breath ocassional bleeding of the gums i have holes in my teeth,also my teeth are overlapping. I was woundering if anyone knew of a dentist that could help me at home.thankyou.





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    I am a recovering agoraphobic and I have to tell you that the only person that can help you is you. You must go and see a dentist. Plan the trip. Choose a dentist with the smallest waiting room and go with an understanding friend. Don't opt for any pain medication that could let you dull your senses because it may bring on a panic attack. You need to be in control. If you can walk to the dentist, walk within arms distance from a wall and choose the shortest route with the narrowest streets. Your friend or family member should walk within an arm's distance at the other side of you. You can stare at the ground but make sure your companion talks to you the length of the journey. Your first step is the most important. Remember, this is your life and you need to control it. The panic attacks will do you no harm, however unpleasant they may feel. Believe me I know.

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    Hello to the university student with bleeding gums.I am a dental nurse.. The reason your gums are bleeding is because your teeth arent getting brushed as reqular as twice a day, therefore the plaque is irritating the gum and is bleeding when pressure is applied, it is a vicious circle as you may not want to brush your teeth as your gums are bleeding however they will bleed more if ignored, try and brush your teeth twice a day your gums will still bleed to begin with however. Also try and use a antibacterial m/wash at least once a day.





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    hi, my partner has bad bleeding gums most of the time hes been to doctors and dentists and all they have said is to brush his gums to toughen them up and use corsydol mouthwash, he has really lovely healthy teeth which he brushes twice daily and uses the mouthwash, but his gums always bleed, like when hes just talking or even when he sleepin he wakes up and his gums have been bleeding. can u suggest anything for him?





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    your gums could be receding because you are brushing to hard i hope you are using a soft toothbrush to start with... you need to see a dentist to get a full check over i know you may be scared of them but they are there to help you not to hurt you... if you dont see a dentist for this problem you could up with bigger problems then they are now.. with the bleeding gums its because you aren't brushing your teeth properly bleeding gums is a good thing people think its a sign that they sohuld stop brushing but its actually the opposite.. when your gums bleed it means its actually trying to get out the bacteria from underneath your gums but it cant get it all out unless you help by brushing twice a day for 2 mintues and getting your teeth properly cleaned by the dentist every 6 months...

    If the gums bleed when you brush this is most commonly due to 'gingivitis' - inflammation of the gums due to the presence of plaque. You must continue brushing twice a day effectively and the bleeding will stop. If you would like some advice on brushing technique and improving your oral hygiene ask your dentist/hygienist. Rarely, bleeding gums can be a sign of a more serious health problem but you should always consult your dentist first.

    I'm 32 and I have bleeding gums, I've bought the mouth wash which is suppose to help reduce or stop it but they continue to bleed. Also my gums have also receded, I have always looked after my teeth so don't understand why they keep bleeding.





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    It could be that you are brushing your teeth TOO hard. This can cause receeding gums and bleeding. The best thing to do is book an appointment with your dentist and see if they can find the root of the problem. Hope this helps.

    I brush them gently and have a soft tooth brush also I floss. Can't get in to any dentist at the moment around my area. Thank you for responding to me though.

    Hi I'm nearly 20 weeks pregnant and I am suffering with my gums constantly bleeding even without brushing or touching them, my dentist said its normally in pregnancy. I am struggling with brushing my teeth as soon as the brush touches my gums they start bleeding. I have had gingivitis before when I was a teenager can it be possible to get it again?





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    the first thing you need to do is get yourself to the dentist, you may be scared of going but im a dental nurse and honestly its not that bad. basically the white stuff between your teeth is called calculus, this starts of as plaque but when its left there long enought it hardens to form calculus, you wont be able to brush this off with a tooth brush you need to see a dental hygenist to remove it and give you oral hygeine instuction on how to look after your teeth better. bleeding gums is a sign that you are not brushing well enough... point your tooth brush towards your gums but still on the tooth at the same time and massage the gums and teeth in a circular motion, do not avoid brushing areas that bleed it will only make it worse. if you brush like this for a few weeks you will notice the bleeding will settle down. and if you continue to brush like this you shouldnt get any more bleeding gums. and dont use corsodyl mouthwash every day as it stains your teeth brown, you could use corsodyl daily. hope this helps

    Hi, I am 24, female who suffers from bleeding gums and bad breath. usually bleeds when I brush my teeth morning and night. especially in the morning when i spit its bloody and has a foul smell. I suffer from bad breath Hence it has affected my confidence, when ever I talk to people I constantly have to remind myself to keep a safe distance. I've been using Sensodyne toothpaste for last 2-3 years but only seen little improvement. I know that bleeding gums causes tooth loss therefore in desperate need for any helpfull advise. Thanks





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    I am 30yo,My gums are receding an I floss evey day,use a power brush an mouth wash twice a days spend a bomb on the best tooth paste an mouth washes and new heads for my power brush,I've been to tree different dentist an they all say I have healty gums an are happy with my hygiene,I have no redness or bleeding,but my gums still reced,I'm really worried an don't no what to do..





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    hi, i have been using a new toothbrush because the bristles were new they were stiffer than what my teeth were used to. After brushing for the first time with my new toothbrush my gums bled. At the time i presumed it was because I brushed them too hard with a new toothbrush. However, the bristles have softened now and i have been brushing mush more gently but my gums still bleed at the slightest touch. Recently they bleed just from me running my tongue accross them in my mouth. Its almost impossible to brush my teeth properly so they are not being cleaned properly. i don't know how to strengthen my gums or stop them from bleeding. Im not sure anymore if they are bleeding because i have damaged them and they are not heeling or because of some other reason. Please help....i need to be able to clean my teeth properly again!





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    When the gums bleed it is a sign of gingivitis (gum disease) it is where the gums are inflamed and bleed when the plaque is removed. continue to brush PROPERLY reaching all surfaces and by using interdental brushes. This bleeding will soon stop once the gums are healthy. I would urge you to see a dentist incase this has advanced to a more advanced stage of gum disease in which a dentist can help you further.

    - It sounds like your gums are 'slack' and 'shrinking' because you have gum disease. Try these steps; - Invest in a electric toothbrush or at least a NEW manual toothbrush, it will do wonders - Use a Fluoride Mouthwash or if your gums are bleeding and sore use a Corsodyl Mouthwash. If money is an issue, try a warm salt water mouthwash - Brush AT LEAST x2 a day for at least 2 minutes - If it bleeds when you brush ... brush more! Your gums will heal up with MORE brushing. Remember 'healthy gums dont bleed'. - As you get more confident, try using floss, Superfloss or some interdental brushes (TePe brushes) which look like little bottle brushes use between the teeth. You can get all of these from Tesco/Asda/Boots/Dentist - See a dentist! If this is useful let me know and I might help with others

    I've been having trouble with bleeding gums for a while. Everytime I brush, there's a lot of blood in my spit, it's usually fully red and this is constant, it never fails. I recently discovered whilst sucking on my gums that I sort of burst it and bit of blood came out. I was wondering if this sounds like gum disease. I am quite nervous of dentists so would like to refrain from seeing them if I have to.





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    What things can u use 2 rebuild ur gums cuz my are cutting and bleeding loads and my teeth.are getting lose and I can't get in the dentist for a few month but don't want to lose my teeth cuz of my gums plz help





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    im 29 year old female due to domestic violence some time ago i have been in depression most of life leading to poor dental hygiene when I was younger I used to clean my teeth with a toothpick because I was that obsessed with them being clean, and when I brush them my gums start bleeding I have always been petrified of dentist due to this I havent been for about 15 years i had gingervitious which has gotten worse over the years my gums are receding all my back teeth have come out but the roots are still there, the few teeth i have left at the front are wobbling and the enamel has gone, i also have bad breath and swollen gums is there any thing you can do to help me as it is having a massive effect on my life... help me please!!!





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    (difficult to say as can't see your mouth) but sounds like it could be a condition called 'periodontitis' - this is inflammation and infection in the tissues supporting the teeth. Do you smoke? Stressed or diabetic? Did your parents have this condition? Do the gums appear in any way black or green? More spaced or wobbly? Otherwise this could be related to a systemic cause (blood disorder) - but i don't want to be alarmist - just to indicate that there can be several causes of spontaneous bleeding gums.

    Ma gums ar a lil bit dark n ma teeths ar yellowish..i find it hard laughing n smiling among friends as they have red gums with no trace of black on them. Is there any way i can make ma gums red again n ma teeth white





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    Healthy gums are not supposed to be red. Red gums indicate inflammation and possible gum disease. Healthy gums should be light pink and firm.

    How many a day do you smoke and for how long have you smoked?? I think it may be worth visiting your GP and asking for a blood test (Full Blood Count) to eradicate a systemic reason for your bleeding. (Heavy smokers >10 per day have LESS bleeding from their gums in situations of gingivitis and periodontitis. Due to the chemical and thermal effect of smoking which masks these conditions)

    Hi im 16 and i have had braces for 2 years. my braces were placed right up by my gums which makes it hard for me to brush near my gums. because i have troubles brushing up by my gums plaque has been trapped and i have developed gum disease. i was given a prescribed toothpaste to strengthen my teeth and was told to use a specific mouthwash. the toothpaste hasnt helped and i dont know what to do to protect my teeth and gums from the gum disease! please help thanks x





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    sounds like you just have gingivitis which is inflammation of the gums due to not brushing properly and the bacteria which is in plaque irritaes the gums, this is why they are swollen and bleed. the better you brush the less they will bleed. if you avoided brushing the areas that bled this could eventually lead to gum disease which you cant get rid of, you can only stabalise it. but gingivitis is reversiable and will get better with good brushing. try pointing you toothbrush towards the gums as you brush so it feels like the bristles of the brush are going into the gums. just massage the gums though dont scrub too hard. the black on the bottom of the tooth may be staining from smoking, but you should go to the dentist and make sure its not decay. hope that may help x

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