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Bleeding gums after quitting smoking

By Trevor 4/29/2010 8:03:11 PM
I quit smoking June 2009 and ever since I quit I have had an issue with my teeth/gums first thing in the morning. I would wake up with dried blood around my lips and this dark brownish/reddish film on a few of my teeth. This is embarrassing as I would have blood stains on my pillows from drooling in my sleep. I don't have a dentist in my area so I checked online for what could be the cause. Gingivitis was the answer I kept getting because of the blood in the mouth. I followed one of the home remedies for it as I started using Listerine on a daily basis (and yes I brush my teeth daily, I have now started to brush my teeth a minimum of twice a day) Now since trying I have noticed for the last month or two, that I'm not waking up blood in my mouth or blood all over my pillows. However I am still waking up with that stuff on some of my teeth. I did read that for the first couple of months after you quit smoking your going to see your lungs clean out the garbage and that could be what the problem is however this is now 10 months later so I am getting worried. Can you please help?
Posted By : Dr. Ritz on 4/29/2010 8:03:12 PM

The blood on the gum is just because of gingivitis and it has nothing to with cleaning of lungs. For gingivitis you have really maintain good oral hygiene and make sure you brush thoroughly twice a day especially a bed time and do the flossing. You can also use warm saline rinses 2-3 times a day and can massage your gums gently with some gum pain which is available OTC. But you really need to see the dentist for getting the SCRP (Scaling, Cleaning, Root Planning) done. This will take care of your gums and they will heal completely and you will not have the problems of blood on the gums. for more info on SCRP you can read the following article on our website.... www.identalhub.com/article_understanding-scaling-and-root-planing-237.aspx

Posted By : jess mary on 11/8/2010 2:50:38 AM
When you smoke the blood supply to your gums is less than if you don't, so you are less likely to experience the bleeding gums associated with gingivitis (which is caused by not brushing/ flossing thoroughly enough). When you stop smoking the blood flow gradually returns to normal, so they bleed more. The best thing to do is keep your teeth as clean as possible (although I'm sure you are brushing) with floss or interdental brushes as well as toothbrushes, and the bleeding will reduce again.
Posted By : Heather, RDH on 5/18/2011 6:01:02 AM
Interdental brushes such as "Soft Picks" made by Gum can be purchased anywhere. I recommend these to my patients all the time. If there is a dental hygiene school in your area or within driving distance, they can clean your teeth for a very minimal fee. It takes a lot longer than a visit at a dental office, but a professional cleaning may be what you need to remove the buildup and bacteria under your gums.
Posted By : marilyn ford on 6/27/2011 2:28:58 AM
take vitamin c, gargle with hydrogen peroxide and floss morning and night, and get your teeth cleaned
Posted By : anand on 7/25/2011 1:05:32 PM
I experienced the same thing that my gums started bleeding after I quit smoking, its not because of gingivitis, as I maintain oral hygiene

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