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A 20-year-old female asked:

I have strep on one side and on that side my guns are swollen and sensitive, so are my teeth. can't chew. could flossing push strep into my gums?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 44 years experience
Please see dentist!: It sounds like you really need to see a dentist asap. From your symptoms you may already have an infection going on, and more than flossing is needed to treat it. Please don't wait, because it could get worse.
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Dr. Thomas Mchugh
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See a doctor now: Unless you have seen a dentist recently , have had a culture or have seen an M.D. , you should seek dental treatment immediately. It certainty sounds like an infection but antibiotics, visual and x-rays are necessary to determine what type of infection you have and how to treat it. However, cleaning the area and flossing are always a good idea.
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Last updated Dec 3, 2014

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