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Dobbs Ferry, NY
A 19-year-old male asked:

Part of gums is swollen since braces. dentists says it's gingivitis, to floss daily, and it'll be gone in a month. when i floss, it swells and bleed.

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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
Periodontics 56 years experience
See a periodontist a: It is very important you see a periodontist to evaluate your problem and SHOW you how to properly maintain effective oral hygiene. Every mouth and every problem is different they will get your gingivitis under control, before it does permanent dammage
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Not normal: Swelling and bleeding, along with pain, are flags your body puts up to tell you there's something wrong. It may be that all you need to correct this is aggressive gentle flossing, but there's also a strong risk that there's more to it than simple gingivitis. Time to see a gum/bone specialist, a Periodontist, for the best possible care.

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