Q. Is gum disease causing bleeding in mouth?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 21, 2019

Hello doctor,

I woke this morning and cleared my throat and there was blood in my saliva and then later some in the saliva in my mouth. I have gum disease and my top back teeth, gums are tender. Could that have caused the bleeding?

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
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Hello,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Yes, gum disease can cause such oral bleeding. You should first get your teeth and gums cleaned by a dentist. Apply an oral antibiotic gel over gums. Use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week. Sometimes gum surgeries may be needed to remove infections and heal the gums in severe cases.


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Thank you doctor,

I have had no repeat of the bleeding except when brushing or flossing. I find it hard to believe the bleeding could just start spontaneously.

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist
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Hello,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

If you have gum disease, yes bleeding can start spontaneously. There are many minute veins which gets engorged when there is gingival swelling and can lead to bleeding while chewing food or while brushing, etc. If possible, send pictures of gums for help in diagnosis. You should do as I said, and get your teeth and gums cleaned and start using warm salt water gargle.


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