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  • Question for dentists, what % of people have bleeding gums?

    Was getting my bi annual cleaning and the dental hygienist commented on how my gums don't bleed. I asked her how often this happens with other people and she said most people have bleeding gums during cleaning. That surprised me. What do dentists think?

  • #2
    Perhaps your thrombophilia is the difference?

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    • #3
      My gums used to bleed, now they don’t. My dentist and hygienist would be shocked if I told them I don’t use toothpaste.

      (I know I’m a weirdo, but it’s hard to argue with results).

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      • #4
        Originally posted by pierre View Post
        My gums used to bleed, now they don’t. My dentist and hygienist would be shocked if I told them I don’t use toothpaste.

        (I know I’m a weirdo, but it’s hard to argue with results).
        Yeah, but you're nice about it. I otoh am pretentious(knowingly). I have a theory about being pretentious if people want to go down that rabbit hole.
        Last edited by burritos; 08-06-2021, 08:44 PM.

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        • #5
          I want to hear a theory about being pretentious, though I doubt it will impress someone of my intellect.



          I sometimes don't use toothpaste. I also don't scrub hard at my teeth but after losing a baby tooth to cavities last year I finally caved and started flossing.

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          • #6
            It's fairly common. I'd say about >50% of people. Bleeding is a sign of inflammation in your gums.

            If its in isolated areas, likely you could clean better there. If its all over your mouth, you likely have periodontal disease.
            DMD '21. Perio '24.

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            • #7
              Depends on which hygienist you see

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              • #8
                What percent of people who would have bleeding gums at their cleaning actually go to the dentist?

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                • #9
                  I cannot help but think of Bleeding Gums Murphy.

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                      Originally posted by VagabondMD View Post
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                      • #12
                        not a dentist but when i got a phillips sonicare basically every dentist/hygienist start complementing me on my oral care regimen. and i'm not going to lie and tell you i floss very often.

                        i think high quality e-brushes are the holy grail or oral health, much more so than flossing.



                        *braces for impact*

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                        • #13
                          I am not a dentist (although my wife was a dental hygienist), but I would say of the people with bleeding gums, about 100% of them don’t floss. There are certainly exceptions, and I’m not saying that everyone who doesn’t floss has bleeding gums, but I would bet I’m right.

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                          • #14
                            This was a fruitful discussion.

                            I like legobikes comment. Top 10 of the year.

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                            • #15
                              Flossing causes my gums to bleed

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