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A 21-year-old female asked:

gum swollen above back molars but no pain or redness. went to the dentist last month for checkup and everything was ok. what could this be?

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Dr. Nayana Trivedi
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Getting Wisdom tooth: May be you still have 3rd Molar tooth hidden underneath the Gum and is now making its way out. If you already have wisdom tooth ou then keep monitoring this swollen Gum area, if becomes painful,red then needs Dentist's visit. I doubt you will have any problem as your exam last month was normal.
Dr. Melanie Tugaoen
General Practice 31 years experience
Lets review your que: it could be the start of gingivitis. Any bleeding of your gums when flossing or brushing. I would do warm salt water swish and spits minimal of twice a day. Floss at least twice a day. If no improvement I would seek medical/dental advice
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
Dentistry 51 years experience
Swollen gum: Difficult to say without x-rays and a clinical exam. If the swelling does not resolve itself in 7-10 days, see you dentist for a re- exam. It would not be a bad idea to call your dentist. He/she may want to see you sooner.

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