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Gum Diseases

Black Spit

05/05/2011

Question:

After flossing I had some bleeding. After rinsing my mouth with water I rinsed a second time with Listerine mouth wash. My spit was black. Why?

Answer:

It is probably due to blood coloring listerine. It may also be smoking effect (if you are a smoker) or diet effect (coffee/tea etc. staining).

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University