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Hello ladies! Well I'm not sure if you'd know anything about this or not but I thought I give it a try. Well for a couple weeks now everytime I brush my teeth my gums bleed awfuly. At first it was just one tooth, or gum, that would bleed. Not it's both my top and bottoms bleed heavily. It's kinda freaks me out because there is so much blood. It can't be my toothbrush because I've had it for aleaset a month of two. I don't floss like I should either. I've made a denist appt but it's not till the 27th and I thought maybe I could get some early feedback. Thanks!

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Sounds like some early-stage gum disease or something -- I'm hardly a dentist, so I'm glad you made an appointment to get things checked out. I do know that if you are dealing with gingivitis or something like that, it's something that can be controlled and that can heal quite a bit, particularly since you're young.

My advice would be to brush regularly, invest in some dental floss, rinse with hydrogen peroxide once or twice a day (something I was once told to do when I had an infected abcess in my gum, it helps kill germs, and it can't hurt -- but remember to spit the peroxide out!), and see that dentist, chicabelle.

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I am not a dentist but I play one on TV *just kidding*.

It sounds like you haven't been taking good care of your gums. Beyond brushing your teeth after meals, flossing once a day, preferably before bedtime, can help keep them healthy. The bleeding is a sign that you have been neglecting them and they are sensitive. It is also a symptom gum disease.

Usually, if you start taking care of them the bleeding will subside over time. However, that all depends on how far gone they are.

Definitely, bring this to your dentist's attention when you go, though you can't really trick your dentist into thinking you practice better oral hygiene than you really do. He/She will likely know what's up when examining your teeth and gums.

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Everybody answer!

Just as an aside: do remember that whenever you have mouth sores or bleeding or scraped gums that you are at an increased risk for STD/STI transmission orally. So, if you are engaging in any form of oral sex, be sure to use a condom or a dental dam.

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