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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Why are teeth chipping, cracking, sensitive and sore since pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, Since I was pregnant with my 1-year-old son, my teeth have been chipping, cracking, very sensitive and very sore. I noticed even today. My gums are turning white. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture which you have sent me, what I can see is that your teeth are not in a very good condition. You are suffering from a condition called fluorosis, which is caused due to the excessive deposition of fluoride in the teeth, which ultimately leads to weaken...  Read Full »

My gum bleeding stopped with Metrogyl and Tan X ointment. Will it recur?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been getting bleeding from the gums for the past month. It is generalized. When I get up, maximum blood comes from my mouth in the morning. It is better to rest of the day. I did a salt water rinse and applied Tan X ointment, but nothing helped. I started taking Metrogyl 400 mg twi...  Read Full »

Dr. Himayoon Majeed Mir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Inflammation of gums is called gingivitis, and bleeding gums are one of the symptoms of gingivitis. Gingivitis is a microbial disease with many causes that cause the microbial flora to flourish in the mouth. I would advise you to visit your dentist and do scaling (c...  Read Full »

I have had bleeding gums while biting for a month. What could be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I have bleeding in my gums while biting into fruits. I have had this problem for the last month. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Gum bleeding is a sign of a gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused due to constant irritation by tartar or calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the tooth). Food deposits or plaque that settles on the tooth get...  Read Full »

I have a dental phobia, and one of my tooth and gums are black. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a dental phobia and have not been able to visit a dentist in years. What could cause one tooth to turn black and the other tooth to have blackness on the gums? Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You need not worry much about visiting the dentist, as regular dental checkups are essential to prevent oral diseases, infections, and even precancerous lesions for all age groups. So from the images you have enclosed (the attachments are rem...  Read Full »

My gums are red, and I have spacing between my teeth. Is it gingivitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My gums are red, and I have spacing between my teeth. I brush twice a day, do flossing and use a mouthwash. I am concerned. Is it gingivitis? Kindly advise.   Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Gingival inflammation or gingivitis can occur due to various reasons. The most common cause is food deposits or calculus. Although we do proper brushing and flossing every day, there are certain areas on the teeth where the bristles fail...  Read Full »

I have been seeing blood in my spit for three to six months. What do you think is the problem?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been experiencing bleeding in my mouth for the past three to six months. There is no bleeding from the gums, but sometimes, there is blood when I spit. What do you think is the problem?  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The most common cause of blood in spit is gum bleeding. But if you think the problem is not related to dental issues, please consult your specialist doctor, discuss it with them, and take the medicines with their consent. Gum bleeding and bl...  Read Full »

I noticed that whenever I brush my teeth, there is blood in my spit. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past few days, I do not remember exactly; I noticed that whenever I brush my teeth, there is blood in the spit. I also ignored, as it happened in the past when I used a new toothbrush. But it continued, so showing you the photo. There is one spot I circled in the photo where the ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please be calm. As per the clinical picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), it is gingival enlargement due to infection or trauma. It will require scaling and curettage. I suggest you please get the required treatment. First, scaling followed by c...  Read Full »

What is the reason for foul smell in my mouth? What can be done?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been experiencing a foul smell in my mouth for a few years. This may be due to an unclean stomach. Please, can you prescribe me some medication to clean my stomach? Also, whatever I eat does not nourish my body. Can I know the reason?  Read Full »

Dr. Sumit Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Bad breath or halitosis most commonly originates from the oral cavity or nasal passages. Periodontal disease, caries, acute forms of gingivitis, poorly fitting dentures, oral abscess, tongue coating, and sinusitis are common causes. It can also originate from the ...  Read Full »

I found brown blood in my spit before brushing in the morning. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor, The morning after I woke up, I spit before brushing. Today morning I found brown blood. Please let me know what the issue is. This is the first time I saw like this.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Gum bleeding and blood in morning spit indicate a gum condition called gingivitis. Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums caused due to constant irritation by tartar or calculus (hardened yellow deposits on the tooth). Food deposits or...  Read Full »

I have a moveable lump on the floor of the mouth near the lower front teeth. What could it be?

Query: Hello doctor, I was not brushing my teeth regularly, and I felt two small hard movable lumps at the base or floor of my mouth where the tongue meets the front two teeth. I do not drink or smoke. Am I at risk of oral cancer? The small lumps are not painful unless pressed very hard with the tongue. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Upon review, these were the findings: a) Two swellings with respect to lower left and right central incisors. b) Poor oral hygiene. The provisional diagnosis could be pyogenic granuloma or chronic generalized gingivitis. It could also be a ranula. Elaborately the...  Read Full »

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