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I've had a gum boil/abscess for almost six weeks but I'm too afraid of dentists to get it looked at. What should I do?

I've had a gum boil/abscess for almost six weeks but I'm too afraid of dentists to get it looked at. What should I do?

Professional care: Time to grow up and take responsibility for yourself. You have a serious localized infection that requires immediate care before it becomes an acute generalized infection. Your Dentist will be able to treat your infection carefully and painlessly. No pill, salve, snake oil, fix this. The longer you wait, the more severe the problem, the more extensive and costly the repairs. Call Dentist NOW! ...Read more

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
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Abscess (Definition)

Abscess is a condition in which a person has an infection in a part of his body, and the infection is being surrounded and fought off by his white blood cells, causing a lump of purulent whitish thick material (pus) where the infection is. Abscesses can be very small like an acne pustule, or they can be ...Read more


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Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home and just start taking amoxicillin?

No: This is way to difficult to do looking in a mirror, i would be concerned that you could do quite a bit of damage in your attempt. This is a dental problem, you need to see your dentist asap to determine the exact cause of your abscess and perform the correct treatment and only prescribe the correct dose of the right medication. See photo, this is a problem. ...Read more

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Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

Should i lance a dental gum boil (abscess) at home? I just began amoxicillin yesterday?

No: The "gum boil" is the result of infection trying to move to the area of least resistance. If you pop it at home without supervision then you risk spreading the infection. Amoxicillin typically takes 2 - 3 days to work. If it is not painful then be patient for a couple of days, it may go away. If not call your healthcare provider. ...Read more

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I have a boil on my tooth, gum, and lips; it comes and goesfor a while. I feel pain while drinking water. I need a prescription.

I have a boil on my tooth, gum, and lips; it comes and goesfor a while. I feel pain while drinking water. I need a prescription.

Need dentist, not: Prescription. Antibiotics can temporally shrink an infection. Pain medication can temporarily make you more comfortable. But you must address the actual problem and for this you need to see a dentist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How do you get gum abscesses?

How do you get gum abscesses?

Poor dental hygeine: By not keeping your teeth and gums clean. Make sure you brush at least twice daily and floss your teeth! flossing is one of the best things you can do to prevent dental carries (chronic infection of the gums). It's a hard habit to start, but once you start... It's well worth the effort and your teeth will thank you! ...Read more

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Abscess inside my gum burst, what to do?

Abscess inside my gum burst, what to do?

See a dentist: You need to see a dentist to determine the cause of the abscess and have the appropriate treatment provided. Without identifying the cause and having the correct treatment, the abscess will likely recur and could result in a more serious problem. ...Read more

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I have a gum abscess can I pop it myself?

You can: You can pop it, but that is hardly thorough treatment. It is not like popping a zit. You still have a serious underlying infection that needs to be treated. Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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Boil (Definition)

A boil is an infected epidermoid cyst of the skin. Usually related to sebaceous glands, which secrete waxy/oily lubricant ...Read more