Inflammation of the gums, otherwise called the gingiva, is known as gingivitis. It usually results from the accumulation of plaque (soft deposit on teeth that contains bacteria) on tooth surfaces. Gingivitis does not harm the connective tissue and ligaments around the teeth, but if left untreated, it can destroy these structures and result in periodontitis.

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What could cause a little blood in the saliva?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 38-year-old female. Sometimes when I clean my throat, I spit saliva with a little pink blood. I have no cough at all, nor am I sick. I went to the dentist, and he told me I had gingivitis. I went to an Otolaryngologist two months ago for an unrelated reason but had not noticed ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sadaf Mustafa

General Medicine Physician, Internal Medicine Physician

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Do you have a clogged nose? Do you feel like something falls from the back of your nose in your mouth? Do you also have any weight loss, night sweats, or family history of lung cancer?  Read Full »

Will calcium supplements provide a solution for my bleeding gums?

Query: Hello doctor, I get bleeding at the time of brushing. I think I do not have enough calcium. Please provide me some calcium supplements and a solution to this problem.  Read Full »

Dr. Tooba Qazi


Answer: Hi, Welcome to Well, this is the complaint most of the patients come up with, and they have a slight misconception about the problem. Usually, if gums bleed just while brushing, it is due to the weakness of gums and not the tooth. So you do not need any calcium supplements for it. ...  Read Full »

What is the reason for inflamed gums with bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, The gum around one of my lower teeth is inflamed for about three days now and it hurts as well, and every time I touch, it starts bleeding. So I swapped my normal toothbrush to a softer one and I am using mouthwash as well, but it is not getting any better. The gum is a bit swollen and t...  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick


Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bumps or swelling on gums could be: 1. Gum abscess. 2. Tooth abscess. 3. Gingivitis. 4. Accidental toothbrush injury. If the swelling is reddish and involves the gum edge along with tartar (hardened yellow food deposit), that could be gingivitis or gingival absc...  Read Full »

What is the reason for gingival pain and swelling in the missed tooth region?

Query: Hello doctor, My gum besides the front tooth is swollen because that part of it has no tooth and hard food have been creating pressure against it. Currently, I am taking Augmentin. Should I visit a dentist? I do not think it is a tooth issue. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, thank you very much for The picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You are right. This area is swollen because there is no adjacent tooth there. Secondly, you are having a course of Augmentin (Amoxicillin and Clavulanic acid). I rec...  Read Full »

What could be the painful nodule between canine and premolar while having braces?

Query: Hello doctor, I got braces last year as there were spaces between my teeth. For the last 10 days, I noticed a nodule coming out behind the braces between canine and premolar on the left side of the mandible. It is painful only while brushing when the bristles rub against it. Before this, around 1...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi


Answer: Hello, Welcome to See, as per your details, it seems to be gingival polyp due to irritation from braces. But you are saying it is turning pale so it can be lipoma also. I request you to please send a good clinical picture and tell me some more details regarding the nodule to confirm...  Read Full »

How to lessen my gum inflammation and pain?

Query: Hello doctor, My teeth and gums get painful when I bite something. I think my gums are inflamed. What should I do to lessen the inflammation in my gums and teeth? It hurts so bad, and it is there for the past four days.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. Kindly let me know, is there any history of a forceful bite upon and hard food that initiate the pain? Generally, a fractured tooth shows these kinds of symptoms. Upon biting, the fractured tooth gets pressuriz...  Read Full »

Why are my gums numb and receding behind the two front teeth?

Query: Gender: Female Age: 19 Weight: 320 Problem: Gum/Mouth problems Symptoms: Numbness behind my two front teeth, aches, receding. I had this problem for 2 or 3 days. my gums are numb and I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do. I have tried using Hydrogen peroxide and Mouthwash and scrubbed inside m...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ICLINIQ. This is your Dentist - I went through your query . As a Specialist I would like to help . But for that reason I would like to see whats actually causing you the inconvenience . I can understand how painful and uncomfortable its been . Donot worry I will help it ease....  Read Full »

What is the remedy for gingival bleeding during pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 6 months pregnant. I have bleeding gums from the back of the front tooth while brushing. I have a history of plaque formation on teeth even before pregnancy. What is the remedy for gums bleed?  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gum bleeding, foul breath are symptoms of gingivitis. It is rather common during pregnancy and known as pregnancy gingivitis because of hormonal changes. Nothing to worry about. You can use Betadine mouthwash, gargle in lukewarm water twice or thrice a day, take t...  Read Full »

What causes constant pain in the gums and teeth for years?

Query: I had braces 7 to 8 years back. Afterwards, I was told to wear plastic retainers nightly, which I did for 5 years. Over the last 3 or so, I've been experiencing nearly constant pain in my teeth and gums, particularly the front bottom row but elsewhere too, and some of my teeth wiggle slightly, they ...  Read Full »

Dr. Akmal Abdelmalek

Dentist, Orthodontist

Answer: Hello, I'm sorry for your pain. It seems to me that this has nothing to do with your previous orthodontic treatment which you finished 7 years ago and even discontinued your retainers wear. You may check your wisdom teeth or have a look at your gums by a dental professional. Sometimes things just h...  Read Full »

How to fix decay in the front tooth with gingival bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, For the past one month, I am facing a frontal tooth decay with receding gum. Sometimes, I have bleeding gums. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Dentist, Endodontist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query. As an endodontist, I would like to assure you there is no major issue with your gums and teeth. Just minor caries in upper left lateral incisor and bit of inflamed gums due to deposition of tartar and improper brushing techniques. First,...  Read Full »

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