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Excessive bleeding

Bleeding can occur in your mouth for a variety of reasons. These include injury, missing teeth, gingivitis , periodontal disease (periodontitis), infections, or following some dental procedures. When bleeding is significant or cannot be stopped, you should take immediate action.

What to do

  • If there is minor bleeding in the mouth, use a piece of moistened gauze to apply firm pressure to the area for 10-20 minutes until the bleeding stops. Don't try and absorb the blood without applying pressure, and don't dab at the place the bleeding is coming from.
  • If you feel there is more bleeding than expected, or if the bleeding isn't stopping after you apply pressure, call your dentist immediately.
Author: Symbyos staff, go2dental staff
Medical review: Thomas J. Greany DDS
Last medical review: February 7, 2021
Last updated: February 9, 2021