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What does it mean if my gums bleed when I sleep, they do

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what does it mean if my gums bleed when I sleep
JA: Are you experiencing any swelling? Do your gums bleed when you brush or floss?
Customer: they do when I floss and brush and swell a little bit at times
JA: Please give me a bit more information, so the dentist can help you best.
Customer: they are bleeding everytime I clean them and floss and I am waking up with blood on my front teath and sometimes on my tongue
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Dental
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 10 months ago.

I could likely answer you the very best, ***** ***** could possibly sens a photo of your teeth and gum area - maybe 2 or 3 pictures. Is that possible? I'll answer you either way, but with picture/s it would be more ideal.

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
cant right now but would appreciate any info you could give me now
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Im actually at work so that might prove a little difficult
Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 10 months ago.


Usually gums can bleed if there is an irritant. Examples of irritants are:

- things in our mouths such as night guards, invisalign, etc. (this happens less often)

- tartar or plaque or both build up or both (this happens quite commonly)

- sometimes some medications cause such bleeding as well


The most likely cause of irritant is the tartar or plaque build up! I don't know if that is your situation without seeing you for an exam or x-rays or anything, but if you've NOT had a Dental cleaning in a while (over 6 months or so), it may be that you (like all of us), may need a cleaning. If so, the cleaning will remove the irritant tartar and/or plaque and then one's gums would not tend to bleed (day or night). Does this make sense?

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 10 months ago.

I see you must have stepped aside for a bit, and that's OK.

I will do so too, but please feel free to respond back when you can and/or if you care to.

I DO want to ascertain you feel your question is answered fully - OK?

Dr. Rampton

Expert:  Just Dental Truths! replied 10 months ago.

Might there be anything further that I can possibly answer for you?

I'd be happy to, and want to accommodate to address your total concern/s...

Dr. Rampton

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