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What are the reasons for bleeding gums?


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Published At June 8, 2016
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Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

I have bleeding gums over only one tooth. The gums are neither swollen nor painful. But, I have bright red lining just above that tooth when I finish brushing. I would like to stress that it is the only area that bleeds. Also, the next to that tooth I had a root canal treatment before two and a half years. It seems that I may need another one soon since they never put a cap over it. What could be wrong with the gum around that tooth? I really do not believe it as an abscess.

Answered by Dr. Naveen Thomas


Welcome to icliniq.com.

It seems to be a gum injury, which you had while brushing or infection due to food impaction in that area. It can be also due to the irregular biting relation of the upper and lower canine teeth. It is definitely not related to the nearby root canal treatment. You should ask your dentist to clean the teeth and then apply an oral gel in that area. Use warm saline gargle or a mouthwash to reduce the infection. Send a picture of the whole mouth with the teeth visible, while biting if possible. If it is more painful, then it would be better to ask your dentist for an x-ray to check whether there is an abscess.

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

Dr. Naveen Thomas
Dr. Naveen Thomas


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