Last Spring I had a bad gingivitis infection. My gums bled off and on (bleed, but then stop for 1-2 weeks, then start again. Usually my top teeth would not bleed, but my bottoms would, then they would switch again) for about 2-3 months whenever I would brush my teeth. I had not been to a dentist in about 9-10 months due to a lack of coverage.
I noticed it was worse around the area where my retainers hit my teeth and gums (I have a top hawley and a bottom invaslign retainer that I wore every night).
I started brushing better, got a new toothbrush, flossed every day, use mouthwash, etc.
After about 3 months the bleeding finally stopped altogether. I went to visit the orthodontist (I don't have dental insurance and couldn't go to a dentist)and she thought most of my teeth looked good. She guessed maybe hormones played a role in my infection (they were out of whack for a while but were back in check about the time my infection cleared).
I went back to the orthodontist 3 months later for my last retainer check and they said nothing about any gingivitis infections or anything.
I have since kept up my routine of brushing 2-3 times a day, flossing once a day, and mouthwash 2-3 times a day. I also clean my retainers better and usually only wear them every other night instead of every night.
I've only had one or two teeth bleed just a tiny bit once or twice over the last year, however, some extra brushing, and flossing of the area coupled with mouthwash clears it by morning and so everything is good again.
Lately, I've recently noticed some dark gums along my bottom teeth. My top teeth are a nice healthy pink, and so is the first half of my bottom teeth (by where the gums are). I don't know how long it's been like this or if it is something new....
But, if my teeth are not bleeding when I brush and floss, and I keep a good routine, then everything should be okay right?
Just asking for a little peace of mind until I can get to a discounted dental clinic hopefully sometime in the future.
I appreciate any help you have to give