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Bleeding gums--gingivitis?

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Posted by: NoPainNoGain  (8 years ago)
Hi there,

Two days ago, after I brush my teeth, I noticed that my gums on the upper right side started bleeding. Yesterday, it was very inflamed and painful to brush and touch. It's now reddish in color.

I’ve just been to the dentist about a month ago for my twice-a-year routine dental check up and she did not mention anything about me developing gingivitis. Can gingivitis or periodontal disease develop in just a month? It’s only on the gum on the upper right side of my mouth. Does anyone have any ideas? I would be grateful for any information.
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Posted by: ghnane  (8 years ago)
Hello,

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums and signs are redness, swelling, and bleeding upon brushing or probing. It is usually more generalized and is the result of plaque and calculus build up which irritate the gum.

In your case since you recently had dental prophylaxis it may due to local irritation since it is localized to one side. It may also be due to hard bristle brush and increased pressure when brushing.
Try switching to a soft bristle brush and brush using modified brass technique. You can also rinse with warm salt water.
Bleeding may also be due to a restoration like a new bridge or crown.
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Posted by: Novocaine  (8 years ago)
Hi there,

Two days ago, after I brush my teeth, I noticed that my gums on the upper right side started bleeding. Yesterday, it was very inflamed and painful to brush and touch. It's now reddish in color.

I’ve just been to the dentist about a month ago for my twice-a-year routine dental check up and she did not mention anything about me developing gingivitis. Can gingivitis or periodontal disease develop in just a month? It’s only on the gum on the upper right side of my mouth. Does anyone have any ideas? I would be grateful for any information.


Well, your symptoms sound like an early case of localized gingivitis. Regardless of maintaining an optimal oral hygiene, your gum could could react suddenly to a foreign object, food impaction or aggressive brushing.

Anyway, adopt proper brushing techniques and make sure you go easy on that part of your gums for a while. More importantly, use a floss or a waterpik to make sure your interdental areas are clean. Finally, get on a hydrogen-peroxide-based mouthwash routine and some vitamin C. Your gums should be back on track soon!
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