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the gums above my two front teeth are swollen and i need them to go back to normal within 72 hours what do i do?

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Dr. Jake Richards
Dentistry 12 years experience
Brush, rinse, floss: Brush and keep them clean, floss them gently and try rinsing with warm salt water in that area specifically. Rinse for a minute or so or as long as you can. This should help it go away. If the swelling is not going away you need to see your dentist to have it checked out. Good luck.
Dr. James Merrett
Dentistry 29 years experience
Swollen Gums: Swollen gums could be a possible sign of infection. Go and see your dentist as soon as possible if you need the swelling to go down in 72 hours. It could be something as simple as getting your teeth cleaned, or it could be something much worse.
Dr. Jeffrey Jarvis
Dentistry 37 years experience
Go to your dentist: A swollen gum is not normal. You may have an infection in the gum, bone, or tooth. Not only is this uncosmetic, but very unhealthy. Call your dentist today for and evaluation, and discussion of your options. With assistance from your dentist, it is quite possible to resolve this within your time period. With no dental treatment......? Who knows... Call today.
Dr. Abel Loredo
Dentistry 37 years experience
Swollen Gums: It could be anything from a dental abscess do to a dead tooth, localized acute gingivitis or periodontitis. Your best alternative is to see a dentist right away, get properly diagnosed and start treatment or medication to resolve your problem. Swelling not associated with trauma is usually associated with an infection.
Dr. David Stall
Dentistry 38 years experience
Why 72 hours?: Not sure why 72 hours is important to you, however, if your gums are red, irritated and swollen, you should see your dentist asap. There is either a long standing gum problem or you may have an acute issue that can be resolved quickly. You probably can't treat this on your own.
Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
Brush : Depending on the severity of the swelling and the reason for it, you may be able to get some resolution by brushing.

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