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How do i care for sensitive gums?

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Dr. Manami Yamaguchi
Dentistry 26 years experience
Dentist first.: Sensitive gums are not normal so it needs to be examined by a dentist. Once your dentist finds out why your gums are sensitive, you will receive a recommendation of care. If your gums are inflamed and sensitive, hygienist's cleaning will be ordered to control inflammation. Cleaning may be prophy if there is no gum disease (pd). If pd is present, cleaning of the exposed roots will be needed.
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Dr. James Wright
Dentistry 34 years experience
See a dentist: Your dentist will examine your gums and teeth. When was your last dental cleaning? If it has been a while, you may have calculus under your gums, this can only be removed by a dental professional. Many times people think it's their gums, but they have recession and the tooth is actually what is sensitive. Best to see a dentist to figure out what is happening and to give you an accurate diagnosis.
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