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I have a swelling on gums and it bleeds when I touch. Please help.


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Published At March 16, 2017
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I woke up this morning with this dried up blood in between my upper front teeth and blood comes out when I touch it. It does not hurt, and when I brush my teeth, I can see it move. I have not noticed any changes in my gums or teeth. My gums usually bleed when the bristles of my toothbrush scrape against them. I am going to make an appointment with a dentist. But, I am a little freaked out about this as I am only 20. When I ate something earlier, it inflated a little bit, popped and bled without any pain.

Answered by Dr. Honey Nandwani


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have viewed the images attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like there is a deep infection in the gums in that localized area and there can also be periodontal pocket formation. As you also bleeding on brushing, it further indicates towards gum infection. You need not worry as it is not a big deal or something to be worried. You should get a deep scaling and curettage done followed by a course of antibiotics like Metronidazole and antiseptic mouthwash gargle. Do warm saline gargle. Also, gum paint massage will help.

Differential diagnosis


Probable diagnosis

Deep gum infection.

Preventive measures

Use a soft toothbrush to brush your teeth.

Regarding follow up

For further information consult a dentist online.---> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/dentist

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Honey Nandwani
Dr. Honey Nandwani


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