Bleeding gums

Has anybody suffered from really bad bleeding gums? Iwould like to think i have really good oral health, but the last few months of being free of fags my gums are bleeding when brushing, and have a really bad taste in my mouth!

Bit embarrassing really! but hey ho! none of you know me i dont think hehe!

Any tips for oral health-should i see my dentist?(

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  • Mine do it too.

    When you smoke, your gums are much thicker and tougher... the skin has changed to try and defend against the fact you are poisoning yourself. This is corrected when you stop.

    When I mentioned it to my dentist, he said that gums bleeding during brushing is not a problem, and can actually be good.

    If they bleed at any other times it is a sign of gum desease, but during brushing it is not a problem in any way. He advised me to be a little more gentle, but they still bleed a little.

    According to him, very common amongst quitters.

    I don't have the funny taste - but a lot of people on here have mentioned it.

  • Thanks stu, bibleblack ,

    Good to know others have had the same! just looked at the post nasal drip thingy-that could be it bible! there are herbal remedies for this so might give it ago!

    new to the forum and have never stopped moaning-SORRY GUYS!!!-bloody dumb blond really!!!

  • You don't need to be sorry, help is why we all come here. We give help and take it when we need it.

    Your time to help us will come, you will move past your rough bit and before you know it you will be offering advice to others going through what you are now.

    :D

  • Sorry BibleBlack,

    As you suspected that link, which is heavily sponsored by Google ads, falls outside of forum rules, so has been removed.

  • You are probably being too rough with your brushing,be careful !heavy brushing can damage the gums and make them recede,try a softer brush.

    If your Gums bleed without brushing its a sign of Gum disease.I swear by Co-enzyme Q10 it strengthens the gums;)

  • I think a lot of people have had trouble with bleeding gums just after the quit I know I certainly did. Don't brush quite so hard, try a softer brush, floss every day and use inter dental brushes, You'll have lovely clean gums and pearly white teeth, clear of the nicotine stains!

  • I to had problems with bleeding gums but when i spoke to the nic nurse about it she said it was normal as now you are not smoking your blood has extra oxygen it it or something :p

    Tracey x

  • i havnt had it til this morning when i noticed a bit of blood when i cleaned my teeth :(

    if theres a bad taste i would get it checked out by the dentist just incase. never hurts to get a check up anyway x

  • iv had no problems with my gums... am i ok if my gums dont bleed.,or have i that to come..other wise im ok... so keep the faith... tony

  • iv had no problems with my gums... am i ok if my gums dont bleed.,or have i that to come..other wise im ok... so keep the faith... tony

    It's possible you've got it to come, and it's also possible you won't get it at all.

    There are a huge variety of "normal" symptoms of your body healing... a lot of people get none but most people get some of them.

    Keep on keeping the faith, Tony - it's working for you.

  • Yes to bleeding gums

    I recently made an appointment with a dentist and she said this is very normal. It takes some time for the gums to realise that they are freeeeee! of crap and stuff and start to relax, a few hygeine appointments and things will start to corrext themselves....wooo hooo Has anybody suffered from really bad bleeding gums? Iwould like to think i have really good oral health, but the last few months of being free of fags my gums are bleeding when brushing, and have a really bad taste in my mouth!

    Bit embarrassing really! but hey ho! none of you know me i dont think hehe!

    Any tips for oral health-should i see my dentist?(

  • hi all went to the dentist and had a fab deep cleanse!--dentist said i have healthy teeth and my bleeding gums are sign of healing, due to more oxygen been delivered to the gums engorging them with blood and can take upto six months to settle.

    so it is a good sign!!!:)

  • AWWWWW cheers phil-not a bad likeness i must say!!! xx

  • Hi Carrie-since this thread started i went to the dentist and had the only way i can describe it a severe clean-it was painful, however, the bleeding has definately got alot better xxx

    good luck with your bid for freedom from the weed-however you seem to be doing really well 2months-well done you xx;)

  • I had bleeding gums while smoking and worse once quit, but now they are fine :D

  • Hi all

    I haven't had bleeding gums as yet either though my gums feel tender I guess this may be because i do not have many of my own teeth but part denture

  • thought i would bump this thread as i am suffering from bleeding gums now into my 8th week of not smoking :eek:is anone else experiencing this ?

    nic

  • Hi Nic

    Unfortunately gum problems sometimes only rear their head after you quit - your gums are finally receiving a decent blood supply and are in shock :)

    Mine were bleeding quite a bit and feeling very tender but after a trip to the hygienist and a thorough scale and polish all seems to be well.

    I was a bit longer quit than you are now but I've known people have problems after a few days - get yourself an appointment with your dentist so they can check your gums :)

    Pooks

  • Hi Nic

    Yes I have suffered with bleeding gums too and and 'achy' mouth if that makes sense. But it is all signs our bodies are healing. I used/use the corsidal gel toothpaste and mouthwash and whilst the toothpaste tastes yucky it seems to have worked.

    Also went to the dentist the other day to see the hygienist for a 'deep' clean and I'm proud of my pearly whites.

    No furry toungue, no stained teeth no ash tray breath. No subtly trying to hold my hand over my mouth when I talk to people just incase they can smell fag breath

    It's all good.

    I'd advise as pookie did to get checked out by your dentist.

    Just see it as temporary nuisance but well worth it for your lifetime of freedom

    All the best :)

  • Hi all

    I agree, bleeding gums and mouth just felt like a train wreck, I went to the dentist on Monday and all he did was praise me for quitting smoking, teold me that bleeding gums was normal and promised that if I stuck it out for another 6 weeks I could go back and he would remove all the nicotine stains and give my teeth a nice polish free of charge :D:D:D:D

  • I didnt have a big problem with this but after I quit I did find that they always bleed when I cleaned my teeth as I was always spitting out blood but it hasent happened the last couple of weeks so like mouth ulcers its probabley part of the quit but should clear itself up with a bit of time.

  • I didnt have a big problem with this but after I quit I did find that they always bleed when I cleaned my teeth as I was always spitting out blood but it hasent happened the last couple of weeks so like mouth ulcers its probabley part of the quit but should clear itself up with a bit of time.

    mine only bleed when i cleen my teeth lots of blood though:eek::eek::eek:

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