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My 2 year old daughter has swollen gums, fever and bad breath for the last 4 days. We are travelling and we found a pediatrician who prescribed acyclovir sandoz. Should we give it?

My 2 year old daughter has swollen gums, fever and bad breath for the last 4 days. We are travelling and we found a pediatrician who prescribed acyclovir sandoz. Should we give it?

Virus or yeast: Either she has oral thrush which is simply a yeast infection, or likely with presence of a fever it is most likely be an oral primary herpetic gingivostomatitis (oral herpes virus). This is very common.. Often it is subclinical. It should run its course in a few days. An oral thrush is treated with topical nystatin. Whereas the oral herpes can be aided by the aciclovir if is given early. ...Read more

Swollen Gums (Definition)

Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon ...Read more


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Canker sores, tongue bumps that are red, white pockets at back of throat, swollen gums that bleed easily. Can't eat, been three days. Bad breath too.

Canker sores, tongue bumps that are red, white pockets at back of throat, swollen gums that bleed easily. Can't eat, been three days. Bad breath too.

Need evaluation: See your Dentist to rule out oral diseases. Then next step is to see your Physician. You may have one of a number of infections or a systemic disease. Please call for appointment. ...Read more

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What procedure is necessary when gums are swollen and begin to grow above wisdom teeth, sensitive and start to have bad breath?

What procedure is necessary when gums are swollen and begin to grow above wisdom teeth, sensitive and start to have bad breath?

Depends: It will depend upon the severity of the problem. It could involve cleaning your teeth differently, removal of a tooth, or localized gum surgery. Check with your dentist and discuss each option presented after an examination of the area. ...Read more

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Can HIV cause gums to change. Teeth to feel like they shifted? A lot Plaque. Bad breath

Can HIV cause gums to change. Teeth to feel like they shifted? A lot Plaque. Bad breath

Advanced gingivitis: Patients with HIV have gum disease that gets worse very quickly. Puss coming from gums can be a sign that you already have, advanced gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed and teeth to become loose. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

What might be the cause for bleeding gums and bad breath for a 5 year old boy? (note: we do brush his teeth twice a day!)

Bleeding gums: Sign of gum infection. Bravo for brushing his teeth twice daily. Have to brush for 2 full minutes by the clock with a pea-sized portion of fluoridated toothpaste. Must also floss him daily, can-t get between teeth with toothbrush. Important that your son be seen immediately by General Dentist or preferably a Pediatric Dental Specialist. Infection requires immediate treatment. ...Read more

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I am experiencing gum swelling, toothache, mouth pain and gum pain (pressure). The following also describe me: Bad breath and Bleeding gums. What shou?

I am experiencing gum swelling, toothache, mouth pain and gum pain (pressure). The following also describe me: Bad breath and Bleeding gums. What shou?

Dental Exam: It appears you need to be seen by a local dentist for a comprehensive exam and treatment plan. Pain and swelling are indicative of infection.... needs to be treated ASAP. Halitosis can be attributed to cavities and periodontal disease. Please call for an appointment. Failure to treat can result in the loss of your teeth. ...Read more

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I have puffy gums, frequent bad breath, and there is some yellowing in between some of my teeth. But I have pretty good hygiene. How can I fix this?

I have puffy gums, frequent bad breath, and there is some yellowing in between some of my teeth. But I have pretty good hygiene. How can I fix this?

Dental Care: Brushing and flossing alone cannot replace professional dental care. You'll need to be seen by a dentist and/or hygienist to have those teeth cleaned professionally. No matter how good you are at cleaning your mouth, you'll never be as good as your dentist or hygienist. Sounds like you have calculus built up, and that would cause your symptoms. ...Read more

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My gum bleeds, hurts and is swollen all the time i.E brushing, eating. It also gives me bad breath. What condition is this and how can it be treated?

My gum bleeds, hurts and is swollen all the time i.E brushing, eating. It also gives me bad breath. What condition is this and how can it be treated?

Periodontal disease: Your gums sound like they are in need of a professional cleaning. There are other health issues that can contribute to this condition, but you need to seek help from a dentist. The problem will not go away on its own and may cause you to lose your teeth or worse if it is not gum disease. ...Read more

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Impacted wisdom teeth, causing bad breath, smelly floss & swelling gums sometimes. What should I do?

Impacted wisdom teeth, causing bad breath, smelly floss & swelling gums sometimes. What should I do?

Infection: Immediate treatment required. Call Oral Surgeon, a wisdom tooth specialist, for proper Rx. ...Read more

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41 yrs male, have bad breath over 1 year. No problem with teeth/gums but fecal breath comes after eating. It spreads everywhere I go and people run?

41 yrs male, have bad breath over 1 year. No problem with teeth/gums but fecal breath comes after eating. It spreads everywhere I go and people run?

Gastroenterology: This does not sound like periodontal disease - although it could be a necrotizing ulcerative periodontitis to produce that degree of odor. If you've seen a dentist and they have ruled out an oral cause and you have acid reflux, it may be coming from this. Consult a gastroenterologist or an ENT doctor to evaluate you! Best of luck. ...Read more

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16 yr old has chronic bad breath. Dentists say not teeth/gums. Read about tonsil stones. It looks like she has 1. Should I take her to dr? Any info?

See ENT: By all means see ear/nose/throat specialist. Also see dentist as flossing and/or water pik daily to clean between teeth, where toothbrush can't reach, and/or using tongue scraper, may help. ...Read more

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I had swollen eye for 4days last week now a sore lump on same eyelid not spot/head teeth also hurt with bad breath. Chalzion? And are symptom related??

I had swollen eye for 4days last week now a sore lump on same eyelid not spot/head teeth also hurt with bad breath. Chalzion? And are symptom related??

Probably not: But the space provided to properly describe your symptoms is limited. You need to see 2 practitioners ASAP. You need to see a Physician, preferably an Ophalmologist, who may in turn request Dental and/or ENT consults. You need to see a Dentist, who may in turn request an ENT consult. ...Read more

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Tonsil has white mucus on it, but not red & swollen. Also have a sore throat and noticeably bad breath when brushing teeth.

Tonsil has white mucus on it, but not red & swollen. Also have a sore throat and noticeably bad breath when brushing teeth.

See your physician: The bad breath is related to the sore throat. You should see your physician. He can test to make sure you do not have a strep infection, and prescribe appropriate medicine for your sore throat. ...Read more

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What is the cause of red, swollen gums around the teeth?

What is the cause of red, swollen gums around the teeth?

Swollen gums: Red and swollen gums are usually caused by bacteria around or under the gums secreting acid causing an infection called gingivitis. Bone loss that occurs is periodontal disease. Both need to be treated by a dentist by physically removing the bacteria with a cleaning, scaling & root planing, or periodontal surgery. Get an exam and xrays to see the difference of what you have. ...Read more

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What can cause teeth pain, loose tooth, and swollen gums?

What can cause teeth pain, loose tooth, and swollen gums?

Toothache: Four reasons: 1. Tooth decay. 2. Gum disease. 3. Trauma. 4. Teeth grinding. Regardless, schedule an appointment to see your dentist, because the tooth pain will not go away without treatment. ...Read more

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I have an extra teeth on the upper jaw, last time it does not cause any pain or swollen gums but today it was swollen and pain?

I have an extra teeth on the upper jaw, last time it does not cause any pain or swollen gums but today it was swollen and pain?

See Dentist: See your Dentist for this. You may be referred to an Oral Surgeon for extraction. Sounds like a chronic infection which is not a good thing to be allowing to continue. Make the appointment to get this treated the best way for your good health. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Swollen gums in entire upper left quadrant of mouth. Pain up high in gums next to where it meets cheek. Caused by teeth?

Swollen gums in entire upper left quadrant of mouth. Pain up high in gums next to where it meets cheek. Caused by teeth?

Hard to know: ... but it could be an abscess or another tooth related infection. May be best to see your dentist. ...Read more

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My 20month old has low grade fever (101) swollen painful gums, crying constantly, not eating, blood in mouth after brushing, very bad breath.?

Get this checked: This sounds like stomatitis - a viral infection in the mouth that can be very painful and cause kids to become dehydrated. It is contagious, so I would keep your child home from daycare until it clears. See your doctor to make sure this is the diagnosis, and it's not something more serious. Also, your doc can suggest some medicines that can help the symptoms. ...Read more

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Toddler with tongue sores, swollen gums, stinky breath, and fever. What is it?

Toddler with tongue sores, swollen gums, stinky breath, and fever. What is it?

ANUG: It could be acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis which is what you described so see your pediatric md or dds. ...Read more

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1yr old is teething upper front 4th tooth but not yet cut, swollen gums, biting. Had loose not watery motion 2am &10am, now 6hrs passed, nothing. Normal?

1yr old is teething upper front 4th tooth but not yet cut, swollen gums, biting. Had loose not watery motion 2am &10am, now 6hrs passed, nothing. Normal?

Normal: Some teeth come in faster than others. Sometimes recycle as they try to erupt. Symptoms all suggestive of teething. Give baby hard cold teething ring. Children's tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin may help (follow pkg directions). 1st dental appointment age1, so call dentist or pediatric dental specialist now. ...Read more

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Swollen gums, drooling, fussy, behaves as if trying hard to poo (2days back got sore bottom due to hard stool but now it's soft)teething? Shd I see a doc

Swollen gums, drooling, fussy, behaves as if trying hard to poo (2days back got sore bottom due to hard stool but now it's soft)teething? Shd I see a doc

Need 2 exams: Except for gi, symptoms probably due to teething, but never hurts to have pediatrician take a look. Also, must make 1st dental appointment with dentist, or preferably pediatric dental specialist. ...Read more

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What to do for swollen gums and pain after teeth filing?

Check if prolonged: Swollen gum and sensitive tooth could be temporary if the gum had to be pushed or cut for a deep into gum filling. A tooth could be sore right after filling just like if you had a surgery, the cut could be sore. The swollen gum should heal in a week or two and the sensitive tooth could take a few days to three months to recover. If not, you may need a root canal. Check with your dentist. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have swollen gums after getting your teeth cleaned?

Is it normal to have swollen gums after getting your teeth cleaned?

Yes: Immediately after there will be inflammation from the procedure especially if it had been awhile since your last cleaning. Make sure to keep brushing and flossing even when it is sore. A few days it should be gone. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums on the top left teeth. Any home remedies for this?

I have swollen gums on the top left teeth. Any home remedies for this?

Good oral hygiene: The best home remedies for treating swollen gum is good oral hygiene in the area. Gum massage to improve drainage in the area also helped. Application of salt/salt rinse can also help to drain the swollen area. Check with your dentist for the cause of swollen gum. Treat the cause, not the symptom. ...Read more

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My teeth are rapidly falling out, I have swollen gums and my mouth is sore. What could I have?

My teeth are rapidly falling out, I have swollen gums and my mouth is sore. What could I have?

Sounds like: You have generalized severe periodontitis -- simply put - severe bone loss resulting in un-supported teeth, hence loose teeth, gum inflammation and infection. I recommend you be seen by a dentist as soon as possible for treatment. ...Read more

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How do you relieve pain from swollen gums around wisdom teeth?

How do you relieve pain from swollen gums around wisdom teeth?

See your dentist: This is often a sign of an infection called pericoronitis. This usually results because the wisdom teeth can't erupt all the way. Other causes may be dental decay or periodontal disease. You should see your dentist to figure out exactly what is going on, but it probably means you need your wisdom tooth or teeth removed. ...Read more

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Right behind my wisdom teeth is swollen gums. I can't bite down fully from it. What do I do?

Right behind my wisdom teeth is swollen gums. I can't bite down fully from it. What do I do?

Make a dental appt.: The condition is called pericornitis; it is an inflammation of the gums when a tooth that is breaking through the gums into the mouth occurs. A little pocket of gum tissue collects food behind the tooth. You can rinse with some warm salt water to help heal the gum tissue and take some Motrin to relieve the discomfort of gum pain. Your doctor may elect to remove the excess tissue with a laser. ...Read more

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I have braces and my teeth are ok, and I have really swollen gums how can I unswell my gums?

I have braces and my teeth are ok, and I have really swollen gums how can I unswell my gums?

Oral hygiene: Try to brush and floss at least twice a day and be very meticulous. If it doesn't resolve, you may need to see your dentist to get treated. ...Read more

Dr. Greg Rubin
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Bad Breath (Definition)

A foul odor from the mouth. Bad breath can be caused by many different factors, including sinus infections, periodontal problems, smoking, cavities, acid reflux, and your diet. Address all of these possibilities with ...Read more


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Teething (Definition)

The natural process of tooth eruption. Although the rare infant is born with teeth, for most infants the process begins around three months and can last ...Read more