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Gum Infection From Flossing
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
Can a person have a tooth infection without any pain instead my tooth has an infected smell when I floss?
I did see my dentist 2x year said, no cavities or infections. I practice good orally hygiene,briush ,floss daily, use mouthwash.
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Tender parotid one side after dental cleaning last week. No cavities but i have some tenderness flossing behind back lower molars. Infection?
Possible.: Possible infection. Return to DDS for evaluation. Parotid area should not be sore after a cleaning. You may have an independent problem. ...Read more
Is there much of a link between flossing and/or using mouthwash and infections of the heart valves?
Perhaps.: Good dental care greatly reduces the risk of bacteria getting in the blood stream from the mouth, but this is likely something that occurs frequently in normal people. Abnormal heart valves are prone to infection so procedures that are likely to cause bacteria entry into blood are hazardous. Flossing is very low risk. Some dental procedures and colonoscopy may require antibiotics for safety. ...Read more
Cause of nerve pain flossing around a root canaled/temp tooth? Have no infection/fracture. Never had pain prior to the crown/root canal procedures.
Two possibilities : 1: you have one of the several gum diseases. You should talk to your dentist about treatment or referral to specialist; or 2: you are traumatizing the sensitive gum tissues between the teeth with improper technique. Usually indicative of "snapping" the floss thru the contact or "sawing" the gums between the teeth. Your dentist and hygienist can help you learn proper technique to avoid self harm. ...Read more
If you have periodontal disease, it needs to be treated by a local dentist or dental specialist (periodontist). Your post did not say if you are currently being treated... if not,, DO NOT attempt to treat this on your own. You will regret it in the long run when you start loosing your teeth and realize that replacing those teeth costs more than professionally treating them now.
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no and this will happen for different reasons from simple gingivitis & female patients being pregnant to over crowded teeth. Just try to make a habit of it and you will be fine. No worries.
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Stillman cleft: Improper flossing technique will produce a v cut straight down on top of the interproximal gingiva, causing injury and pain to the area. Make sure you hug the floss to the side of the tooth prior to go down subgingival to avoid injure the gum. Keep the area clean with good brushing and the cleft will heal within days. ...Read more
I have had deeper pockets and more gum recession lately. Can flossing frequently hurt my gums? In the past 2 yrs, I started to floss 3x daily.
Hygiene review: Yes, you can damage gums by being overly agressive with floss or toothbrush. If your Oral Hygiene program is not working, if your gum disease is worsening, you are overdue for referral to a gum specialist. Ask your General Dentist for the name of the best Periodontist in your area, and go now before you loose even more gum and bone support. ...Read more
Should i be worried about a deep filling still hurting at cold/hot temperatures or after i chew gum? It's been a month. I floss daily to help it heal.
Yes: There could be a number of reasons for your tooth still hurting. Since you stated that the filling was deep, the pulp could be irreversibly inflamed. If that is the case, it would require rot canal therapy. However, there could be other reasons, such as the occlusion being high. I would suggest going back to your dentist and have him/her evaluated the situation. ...Read more
I have a piece of gum hanging from the front of my tooth after i cut it while flossing about 2 years ago. it is not going down and it is still rising?
Gum damage: After two years the damaged tissue is not going to self-resolve. See a specialist Periodontist for treatment. A gum specialist is the dental specialist best trained and experienced to correct your problem. ...Read more
You should: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria with mucus constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. ...Read more
See a dentist: Better flossing is always the gold standard for great oral care. Now, can increased flossing result in gums growing back? It all depends on how much gum tissue has receded and how much of the tooth shows. You should see a dentist to get an evaluation of your teeth, then he can discuss ways to get your gums to look the best way they can. ...Read more
Don't toughen: Hopefully your gums are soft. Diseased tissues require brushing, flossing & antibacterial mouthwash. If your gums are inflamed or you have active periodontal disease, i strongly recommend a periodontal examination with a board-certified periodontist for treatment & home care instruction. ...Read more
Dental cleaning: If flossing and brushing is not doing the trick, it is time to see your dentist for an exam and cleaning. You may have stain or tartar build up on your teeth that can only be removed with a professional cleaning. Worse yet, gum disease can cause inflammed gums. Your dentist or hygienist can also give you instruction in how to reduce the inflammation that is specific to you. ...Read more
When I have episodic, localized gum pain when I floss, the floss goes down deeper. I'm supposed to ignore pain & floss as far as it goes down, right?
No: Pain is an indicator that something is wrong. While I admire your diligence, it's possible that your flossing technique needs adjustment. It's also possible, if you are not receiving regular professional care, or you have a systemic problem, that you gave had damage to your gums/bone. Please see your Dentist for an assessment. ...Read more
See your dentist: By definition gingivitis is inflammatory, but a non-destructive, curable disease. After the first step, removing the source of the infection by your dentist, the home treatment is the key. Brush and floss properly 2 times a day and see your dentist every 6 months for prophylaxis - the best cure for gingivitis. ...Read more
Floss!: When you don't brush and floss properly, plaque builds up, calculus forms, bacteria flourish on the food debris and your gums become red, inflamed, sore and bleed. What you need is routine good dental care including professional cleanings. You must floss! Then your teeth and gums will be healthy and you will be free of pain and suffering. ...Read more
Swelling gums: You possible dislodged tarter or "something" deeper into the gums. I'd try a water pic with a diluted salt rinse. If its been awhile you would certainly benefit from having them professionally cleaned. ...Read more