Just randomly, I keep getting a significant amount of blood in my mouth. It doesn’t seem to happen with any particular event. It has happened when I am awake, asleep, in the morning, at night, eating or not, standing or sitting. I rinse my mouth then it seems to go away. It doesn’t happen every day, but it just happened a few minutes ago. What is going on? Is this an emergency? – Pam
Pam – When your mouth is bleeding, it’s usually coming from your teeth or gums. Gum disease can cause your gums to become inflamed, and they will bleed. If you bite your cheek and the wound is deep, it can cause continual bleeding, and stitches may be required.
Bleeding can also come from your tongue, cheek, or floor of the mouth. The cause of the sudden bleeding can vary, but it may be due to a bleeding disorder, or even a broken vessel in your mouth. Ongoing bleeding can cause your blood count to drop, and when the bleeding is in your mouth, it can be difficult to tell on your own how much blood you are losing.
Please make an appointment with your dentist immediately. If you don’t have a regular dentist, call an emergency dentist who will see you right away.
This post is sponsored by Naperville dentist Dr. Anthony LaVacca.