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A 25-year-old female asked:

i have a pimple/abscess on my lower gum. my gums and left hand side of my face is swollen. my teeth and gums are painful. i suspect a gum problem not a rotten tooth. gums bleed when i floss. should i consult a gp first or a dentist? thank you

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Dentist: While General Physicians are the stars of the health care industry, you have a dental problem. See a Dentist. You may have a damaged tooth or gum disease. Either way, a General Dentist or the appropriate dental specialist is your first line of care for your problem.
Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Infection: Although you can do either, I would recommend seeing a dentist ASAP if your face has become swollen. You could have an abscess or cellulitis.
Dr. Jason Alliger
Endodontics 23 years experience
Dentist: A fistula/pimple is a sign of active infection. You need to see your dentist or endodontist to determine the source of the infection and decide on best course of treatment. A gp will give you antibiotic and tell you to see the dentist.

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Last updated Aug 8, 2020

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