Bleeding gums

19 Jun

When I had the arch bars removed, I was promised that my gums would bleed easily for the next two or three weeks, particularly when I flossed. The gums have recovered faster than I expected, though. They bled in about three places the first night of flossing and two places for a couple of nights thereafter. There was one spot that bled for a couple more nights, but by now the bleeding has stopped altogether.

5 Responses to “Bleeding gums”

  1. jay July 10, 2009 at 1:04 pm #

    Thanks for your blog. I broke my lower jaw in 2 places on june 16th. Its nice to know what to expect from someone who has gone through it.

    • Adam July 10, 2009 at 4:52 pm #


      I’m sorry to hear about your injury, but I’m glad you find this blog useful.

      I hope you’ll consider starting your own recovery blog. Your recovery will undoubtedly differ from mine in some ways, and others might benefit from reading about your experience. If you do decide to keep a blog, please be sure to send me the URL so I can add it to my blogroll. Also feel free to drop me an email ( if you need advice on how to get started.

      Best wishes for your recovery!


  2. jen May 16, 2013 at 9:10 pm #

    How long did you have the arch bars in your mouth before you removed it?

    • Adam Merberg May 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm #

      I had the arch bars for about 2 months total before they came off. That includes the 3 weeks when my mouth was wired shut. They weren’t actually doing anything the last couple of weeks, though. The oral surgeon just left them in case he were to decide I needed rubber bands again.

      You might also be interested in my recovery timeline:

      • DQ October 30, 2021 at 5:10 am #

        Thank you for sharing. As I had a fracture jaw in 3 places and just had my arch bar off. Wanted to know if my day after discomfort and swelling was normal.

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