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Could a gum infection spread to the roof of my mouth?

Could a gum infection spread to the roof of my mouth?

Anything's possible: Unusual, however. Are you sure it's gum disease, or could it be a different type of infection. Ask your dentist or periodontist to take a look and advise you. ...Read more

Dr. Brad Goldenberg
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Infection (Definition)

Infections are invasions of some other organism (fungus, bacteria, parasite) or viruses into places where they do not belong. For instance, we have normal gut bacteria that live within us without causing problems; however, when those penetrate the bowel wall and enter the bloodstream, ...Read more


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The fistula on my gum that I've had for 2 weeks disappeared. worried that the infection will spread to my brain before I see the dentist. ?

The fistula on my gum that I've had for 2 weeks disappeared. worried that the infection will spread to my brain before I see the dentist. ?

Call Dentist: If you're worried, call Dentist to see if you can be seen sooner. There is a danger of infection spreading so it should be treated without delay. Don't panic, but do call for a sooner appointment. ...Read more

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If I have a tooth infection or gum infection, how long could it take to spread to jaw and cause bone loss? I have appointment saturday

See a dentist ASAP: any other treatment is a temporary relief. A tooth infection won't go away without treatment. If the abscess doesn't drain, the infection may spread to cheeks, sinus and to other areas of your head fast. See your dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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Is deep cleaning safe? It seems like it’s more likely to spread infection than cure it. I mean, all that scraping causes bleeding, so don’t the bacteria get in your blood? Could they spread to other parts of your body? My gums aren’t bleeding now, they’re

Is deep cleaning safe? It seems like it’s more likely to spread infection than cure it. I mean, all that scraping causes bleeding, so don’t the bacteria get in your blood? Could they spread to other parts of your body? My gums aren’t bleeding now, they’re

Possibly: If you are healthy, deep cleanings remove the hard deposits and inflamed tissue in the gum sulcus, keeping your gums bone and teeth healthy. Bacteria entering the bloodstream is possible but of little consequence unless you are immune compromised or have a prosthesis or other medical condition that may require prophylactic antibiotics. ...Read more

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Have infected wisdom tooth that is oozing, gums are sore and swollen, the infection may have spread to gums. Lymph nodes sore. Should I go to ER?

Have  infected wisdom tooth that is oozing, gums are sore and swollen,  the infection may have spread to gums. Lymph nodes sore. Should I go to ER?

Oral surgeon: They can't do much at the ER except prescribe meds which won't solve the problem. For best results with wisdom teeth, make sure you are evaluated and treated by a board certified oral & maxillofacial surgeon. ...Read more

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What's the most effective antibiotic to use for an oral infection that's spread into the gums and cheek? 5-day Azithromycin did not help.

What's the most effective antibiotic to use for an oral infection that's spread into the gums and cheek? 5-day Azithromycin did not help.

Your dentist: You cannot prescribe the proper treatment for your oral infection. It needs a proper diagnosis and then the proper treatment plan can be applied. Azithromycin is an anti- viral. Who prescribed that for you? ...Read more

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Is there a way to know if I have a gum infection?

Is there a way to know if I have a gum infection?

You may not know!: Most gum infections cause the patient no pain, and that's why the disease can do a lot of damage before the patient is aware they even have a problem. But sometimes the gum will become swollen and even have a white-ish appearance to it like a pimple. ...Read more

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Needing expert help. I have serious gum infection, please help me :(?

See your dentist: If you have a serious gum infection you definitely need to see a dentist or endodontist. You will need gum care and possible antimicrobial agents. Do not pass 'go' see your dentist before you end up with a systemic or blood stream infection then you will have to see a hospital! ...Read more

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I have a infection at my gum. If i take Kefexin 500mg its ok for this ?

Kefexin: If your doctor has prescribed this you should end up OK. If it has not been prescribed, or if it has been prescribed and not working, you need to go back to your doctor. ...Read more

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How many time should I take suprazole 200 per day and for how many days to treat gum infection?

How many time should I take suprazole 200 per day and for how many days to treat gum infection?

7-10 days: Suprazol- Metronidazole.... is used for oral, gastrointestinal infections. Typical use is 7-14 days. Depends on location and severity of infection . If symptoms rapidly improving- reasonable is minimum 7 days treatment. Follow up with Doctor if doubt. ...Read more

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If I have a infection in my gums what should I do?

If I have a infection in my gums what should I do?

Antibiotics: If you have an infection, you need antibiotics. If your gums have carries... Then you need to take better care of your teeth and gums. Brush your teeth at least twice daily and you need to start to floss your teeth.. Daily. ...Read more

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How do I treat a gum infection for my 17 month old?

How do I treat a gum infection for my 17 month old?

Pediatric dentist: A 17 month old should not be getting infections in their gums. It is possible that this is a canker sore(apthus ulcer) or that your child is teething. Rather then just treating this randomly you need to have them evaluated by a pediatric dentist so you know what is really going on. ...Read more

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How long should I take clyndamycin for a gum infection?

How long should I take clyndamycin for a gum infection?

One week: Usually the prescription is for about 10 days. It won't cure the problem, just reduce the symptom until you can get the needed dental treatment. ...Read more

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I accidentally cut my gums should I be concerned about infection?

I accidentally cut my gums should I be concerned about infection?

Low risk: How did you cut your gums? Fortunately minor traumatic injuries in the mouth generally heal quickly with a low risk of infection. If you have swelling or increasing pain and the area doesn't heal in a few days then see a dentist. ...Read more

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Do I have an abscess or is it just a gum infection? How to tell the difference between the two?

Do I have an abscess or is it just a gum infection? How to tell the difference between the two?

Similar entities: A typical oral abscess is usually related to a non-vital tooth (the nerve has died). A gum infection is related to the accumulation of plaque and calculus (tartar). Abscesses usually cause more pain and swelling and may result in a 'bump' on the gum where the abscess is draining. Gum infections usually are less painful, less swollen and there is rarely a 'bump' on the gum. ...Read more

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How long before Amoxicillan starts to work on a gum infection. It's been 2 days since I started taking it?

How long before Amoxicillan starts to work on a gum infection.  It's been 2 days since I started taking it?

Usually 1-2 days: Antibiotics usually provoke the desired result quickly. Improvement in: Inflammation, redness, pain, swelling and fever tends to begin in the first day. Sometimes antibiotics cannot reach the sites of infection due to abscess formation, I would consider seeing your PCP in the next (1-2) days if you do not see any improvement. You may need better anaerobe coverage, in Canada: Clavulin= Amox+Clavul. ...Read more

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Why is it when i have any kind of infection in my system i retain fluids? had that happen when i had a parcreas infection and now with a gum infection

Why is it when i have any kind of infection in my system i retain fluids? had that happen when i had a parcreas infection and now with a gum infection

Fluid retention: There are various causes of fluid retention, but in your case hormonal factors, more salt use or medications taken during infections are most likely causes. When you were treated for pancreatitis I presume you had significant iv fluids administered leading to some fluid retention. ...Read more

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What should I do to prevent infections on my gums?

What should I do to prevent infections on my gums?

Daily care: Proper daily home care is your best bet, that means brushing twice a day with Fluoride toothpaste, flossing, and possibly even using mouthwash if desired. A regular check up and cleaning every 6 months will make sure nothing is getting out of control. You dentist or hygienist can review with you proper technique for brushing and flossing. Best of luck! stay practical with the regimen. ...Read more

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I was wondering is cephalexin good for gum infection?

Be careful: An abscess might respond to cephalexin. However for most dental problems topical care is more important. Also, be careful about using left over antibiotics. Do you have a dentist? ...Read more