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A 35-year-old member asked:

what oral disease causes your gums to be inflamed?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Gingivitis..: .. And the more advanced periodontitis. Xerostomia, although not a disease but rather a side effect of other medical problems or medications, can also cause gingival inflammation. Acid reflux and carious lesions are also contributors. Have yourself examined by your local dentist.
Dr. Dinh Bui
Dr. Dinh Buianswered
Dentistry 23 years experience
Infection, abscess..: All of the followings: 1) gum disease/infection of the gum, 2) dental or periodontal abscess, 3)faulty restoration/open contacts that cause food impaction, 3)malocclusion, 4)open mouth breather, 5)dry mouth syndrome or any oral condition causing dry mouth, 6)lichen planus and other autoimmune diseases, 7)allergic reaction.

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A 26-year-old member asked:

What color gums should I be concerned about and go see a dentist?

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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Gums: Are you talking about the gum you chew (should always be sugarless regardless of color) or your own dental gums (gingiva)?
A 22-year-old member asked:

Why does my gums swollen?

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Dr. Sahba Ferdowsi
General Practice 18 years experience
Sign of infection?: Swollen gums usually means they is a process of inflammation occurring usually from an infection known as gingivitis.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

What can I do to stop what doctors call the tick. This is when I am constantly chewing on my gums. How can I stop this problem?

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Dr. Donald Hazlett
Psychiatry 54 years experience
Look for a cause 1st: There can be medical, medication, dental or emotional reasons for chewing your gums. What medications are you taking? Antipsychotic & mood stabilizing meds as well as some antidepressants can be reasons. Gum disease, dental plates or unerupted wisdom teeth also factor in. Anxiety may be the issue &, yes, it can be simply a tic disorder. Each require specific help from professionals. Seek them out.
A 40-year-old member asked:

What do healthy gums look like?

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Dr. STEPHEN PERRY
Dentistry 48 years experience
Pink and stippled: The simple answer is coral pink in color and stippled with texture, indicating no inflammation or fluid retention. Healthy gums are extremely important to systemic blood vessel lining health. The bacteria can induce healthy gums to change quickly if left in place for more than a day and supplied with food. The saliva and your immune system will fail to keep them in check. Open wounds result.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Should I be very concerned with the bump on my gums?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Proper diagnosis: This is really a question for an oral surgeon. You do not tell us if it is painful or is it enlarging. Differential diagnosis includes, periapical abscess, fibroma, lipoma, or an inflammatory lesion. Yes, you should be concerned, because you do not know what is the diagnosis. See an ENT or an oral surgeon for lesions of the oral cavity.

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