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A member asked about a 23-year-old male:

How can i get my husbands swollen gum to go down with out going to a dentist it's swollen around his back tooth after he was sick?

4 doctor answers8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management 36 years experience
Gingivitis, See DDS: If you have swollen gum, it may be a sign that you are at risk for or already have gum infection. Gingivitis is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. Keep a good oral hygiene and call a dentist for appointment to prevent future health complications.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Determine the cause: Is the swelling due to his recent cold or due to food impaction near an erupting wisdom tooth? Brush the area well and keep it clean.. if the problem persists he may need to have his wisdom tooth extracted.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
You're not a Doctor: Your husband may very well have an infection that requires care by a professional. You can do more harm than good. Get him to a Dentist, NOW. Don't be foolish. This is NOT a DIY project.
Dr. Justin Nelson
Pediatric Dentistry 16 years experience
Salt rinse/IBU: clean gently, do a warm salt rinse 2 times per day and take 600mg ibuprofen for the inflammation

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