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Gums Bleeding After Quitting Smoking

Smoking is bad for every little bit of you, including, of course, your mouth, the part of your body that you use to ingest tobacco smoke. Aside from causing cancer, smoking tobacco has a number of side effects; decreased circulation and blood flow, increased risk for cavities, demineralization of teeth and bones, necrosis of the tongue and gums, recession and or bleeding of the gums, decreased ability to smell and taste, and the list goes on and on.

 

But the bad health effects do not stop when you put down your last cigarette, some health problems can haunt you until well after you kick the habit, which is a pretty sad fact. You may find yourself coughing up years worth of tar and build up until well after you quit, depending on how long you smoked and how much you smoked while you were at it. Aside from coughing stuff up and having bad tastes and smells coming up from the mouth and the lungs, you may also find that your gums are still bleeding. What’s worse, if your gums didn’t bleed when you smoked, you may still find yourself with some bleeding gums after you quit. 

 

Why Gums Bleed

 

Gums tend to bleed because of intercapillary action. The gums are wrought through with capillaries, tiny veins that transport blood, and they can burst and leak blood into the tissue of the gums themselves. Gums bleed because there are a lot of these veins in the periodontal tissue, and they break very easily. In the case of smokers, some of the veins may have been clogged up and did not function normally, and some of them may have become damaged from smoking, as the gums tend to shrivel and recede when coming into contact with benzidines and nicotine. When it is no longer in contact with these chemicals, and a normal amount of blood flow and function is restored to the damaged area, you may experience some intercapillary action from broken blood vessels or damaged capillaries.

 

What To Do

 

Go and see a dentist, just to be sure that you do not have a cyst or some other problem that is making you bleed. If everything is in order than it will just be some time before your gums heal and you will stop bleeding. Until then there is not much you can do,m just deal with it and hope it ends soon,. If you were a heavy smoker, you may find that this may take quite some time, just be patient, it will get exponentially better, and you will be bleeding less and less frequently.