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can i put advil (ibuprofen) on swollen gums?

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Dr. Alan Zweig
Dentistry 45 years experience
NO: Advil (ibuprofen) is intended to be swallowed. Dont put anything on swollen gums except a toothbrush and floss. See your dentist.
Dr. Pamela Asseff
Dentistry 28 years experience
NO!!!: This will cause a caustic burn and compound the pain of the swollen gums. Floss and brush daily and incorporate a mouth wash. If you do not see improvement in the swollen gums see a dentist.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Don't !: Not only will it not help, but it will most likely cause even more of a problem. If you have swollen gums, see your dentist for the proper professional treatment.

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