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What causes all of your gums to be red and swollen apart from gum disease. the only thing my dentist has told me is I have a gum inflammation?

What causes all of your gums to be red and swollen apart from gum disease. the only thing my dentist has told me is I have a gum inflammation?

Could be: Could be gum disease, traumatic brushing, failure to floss, systemic problem such as diabetes. Could be viral, bacterial, or fungal infection. You have a gum problem, go see a gum specialist, a Periodontist. ...Read more

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Once u have a deep cleaning to remove gingivitis and remove plaque and reduce inflammation. How long does it take to heal & eat normal again?

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Gingivits or perio?: A treatment of gingivitis is a good regular cleaning and good home care. A treatment of periodontitis (progression of bone loss or attachment) required a deep cleaning, occlusal adjustment, follow up and/or surgery to control the disease. Gingivitis takes anywhere from 1 day to a week to heal. Periodontitis must be evaluate and compare radiographically in 4-6 months to determine the outcome. ...Read more

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Does injured gum from gingivitis grow back?

Does injured gum from gingivitis grow back?

Gum damage: Mild changes like swollen, puffy, inflamed, red, bleeding and slightly receded gums usually can recover 100% with proper dental care and oral hygiene. The longer it goes on and the greater the changes, the less likely to recover. Gingivitis is the early stage of periodontal (gum) disease and usually easy to treat. Periodontitis is more difficult to treat and may result in permanent damage. ...Read more

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Healthy gums versus gingivitis? I've been told that gums are healthy if you can see less than 4 mm of them. But i can see way more of my gums than that. I'm not sure what i'm missing. .

Healthy gums versus gingivitis? I've been told that gums are healthy if you can see less than 4 mm of them. But i can see way more of my gums than that. I'm not sure what i'm missing.


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No, no: Doesn't have anything to do with how much gingiva you can see. It's the little measurement between the tooth and gum that is key, and only your dentist can check that properly. Some people have a "gummy" smile, but that doesn't necessarily mean they have gum disease. ...Read more

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What's gingivitis the teeth or gum thing you said what is that.?

Gingivitis: Gingivitis is reversible inflammation of the gums. The gums are red, swollen and bleed easily when you brush and floss. Your toothbrush might be pink after brushing. The primary cause is placque accumulation. Contributing factors are smoking, dry mouth, pregnancy, some medical conditions, some medications. Start brushing and flossing at least twice a day. And see a dentist ASAP. ...Read more

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How can I cure gum immflamation gingivitis ?

Brush and flosss: Brushing and flossing regularly will help reduce bacteria counts in your mouth. Gum inflammation/gingivitis is the bodies response to these bacteria. If the problem persists see a dentist. A mouthwash like listerine (alcohol free) can help as well. ...Read more

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How do you get rid of gum disease, gingivitis?

How do you get rid of gum disease, gingivitis?

See a periodontist: I would suggest a consult with a periodontist to get an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan best suited for you. ...Read more

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What else can cause gums to bleed besides gingivitis?

What else can cause gums to bleed besides gingivitis?

Low platelets: Mucosal bleeding, like bleeding gums or bloody nose, is common when the blood platelet count is low, or in case of an inherited blood clotting disorder called von Willebrand's disease. Petechiae, or little red spots on the skin and roof of the mouth also go along with this. In case of gingivitis, good oral hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly can alleviate the problem. ...Read more

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Pain in gums where crown is placed? Is that cavity or gingivitis?

Pain in gums where crown is placed? Is that cavity or gingivitis?

It is possible: A little more history about the onset and type of pain you are experiencing is necessary. If the crown has been in place for a long period of time, you could have recurrent decay in the tooth. You could also have a periodontal or gum problem. If the crown is a new crown, it could be related to irritation from the seating of the crown, possibly some residual cement , or your occlusion or bite. ...Read more

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What can I do to stop my gums from bleeding so much from gingivitis?

What can I do to stop my gums from bleeding so much from gingivitis?

See a dentist: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, advanced gum disease. Untreated gingivitis can lead to the tooth loss and other health problems. See your dentist ASAP because the sooner you treat it the better the outcome. ...Read more

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My tooth is somewhat loose, is that from gingivitis (gum disease) and can my tooth be saved.

Gum disease: Loose teeth in the mouth is a sure sign that periodontal disease has been active in the mouth for a while. If untreated the loose teeth are going to drop out of your mouth one at a time. The good news that that it is possible to stop the bacteria responsible for gum disease and to recover from having loose teeth. See your dentist for exam, x-rays and treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have gingivitis and my gum got very down at my front tooth. What can I do to make it normal again?

I have gingivitis and my gum got very down at my front tooth. What can I do to make it normal again?

Soft tissue grafts: Also called gingival grafts. If necessary, a periodontist can evaluate you for grafting to replace some of the gum you lost. If you are not sure, a consultation can answer any questions you have. ...Read more

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I've had gingivitis for 5 months and my gums stopped bleeding about 2 or 3 months ago. will my gum tissue recover?

Depends on you: Did you have adequate treatment or just let the problem go on its own? The bacterial disease is needing intervention by the dentist and home care following to not accelerate into periodontitis. ...Read more

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Is bleeding gums always a symptom of gingivitis?

Is bleeding gums always a symptom of gingivitis?

No: If you are causing excessive trauma to your gums then they will bleed. If your gums are bleeding with normal brushing and flossing then you have gingivitis. Get checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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Does use of nicotine gum cause or worsen gingivitis?

Gingivitis: Infection of gum tissue caused by bacteria. In other words if you are not cleaning your mouth properly the tissues will get red, swollen, sore. Smoke, containing nicotine, makes tissues more susceptible to the enzymes and toxins produced by the bacteria. Nicotine in gum is irritating, but not as much as nicotine containing cigarette smoke. Quitting is very hard, but your body will thank you. ...Read more

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I've got a small white lump on my gums. Is it gingivitis?

Gingivitis. gumboil: The white lump on your gums is probably not gingivitis. It can be related to a dead tooth, which might require root canal treatment, a small piece of bone that is protruding through the gum, or just a variation of normal. Gingivitis looks like red, irritated gums around the teeth, and is a result of bacteria which is not removed by proper brushing (or not brushing). Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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My gums are killing me, help!? I am scared that I have early stage gingivitis.

Killing gums: Generally periodontal disease progresses in patients that do not seek regular dental care for whatever reason and their homecare is inadequate, but it is insidious in that, like heart disease many times you do not know it is there until it is serious. "killing you" is not a consistent symptom of early gingivitis so i suggest you see your dentist asap to determine why your gums are "killing you". ...Read more

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Can u please tell me gingivitis medications to stop swelling and bleeding of gums ?

Can u please tell me gingivitis medications to stop swelling and bleeding of gums ?

See your dentist: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you already have, 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. This is a serious problem, which should be checked professionally by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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When you have gingivitis, are you supposed to brush your gums very hard or take it easy?

When you have gingivitis, are you supposed to brush your gums very hard or take it easy?

Brush and Floss: Gingivitis is a reversible condition that after a professional cleaning, regular brushing and flossing is essential to keep your gums healthy! Use a soft bristle ADA approved toothbrush with an approved ADA toothpaste - at least 2X daily for 2 minutes, floss once daily and use an antiseptic mouthwash 2X daily. Ask your dentist or dental hygienist for proper brushing technique. ...Read more

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Can you reverse swollen gums due to gingivitis?

Can you reverse swollen gums due to gingivitis?

Good news: Yes. By definition gingivitis is reversible with treatment, good home care and continuing care with your dentist. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my gum is swollen and filled with blood do I have gingivitis?

Yes, gingivitis: Bleeding gums can be a sign that you already have, 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. This is a serious problem, which should be checked professionally by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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My gums are red and puffy. Was treated for gingivitis by my dentist but it came back. Any thoughts?

Recurrent gingivitis: is a form of the gingivitis that reappears after having been eliminated by treatment. Good oral hygiene is necessary to prevent the recurrence of gingivitis. Rec.: see your dentist for evaluation, x-rays, periodontal charting, oral hygiene education and treatment. ...Read more

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I'm wondering can the dentist tell the difference between gingivitis of the gums, from someone who has been dipping?

There's a difference: There is a big difference in the appearance of these two things. A dentist can distinguish. If you are dipping you should stop this destructive habit. See a dentist and have your mouth checked, and your teeth cleaned so there is no gingivitis. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if i can trust my new dentist who says i need gum treat due to signs of pre-gingivitis or pre-periodontal disease?

Pre Perio disease: If your gums bleed during brushing, or during professional cleaning, that hurst, bad breath, have perio pockets like 3mm or more all over your mouth or you do not have your teeth clean on a regular bases you probably need deep perio cleaning. ...Read more

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Gingivitis. Gum goes over some of tooth. I was flossingand became thin, and the over lapping part ripped off.It looks fine now.how prvnt infection?

Rinse: Rinse your mouth with salt water or listerine several times a day for a few days. If the gum area becomes more swollen, red, sore or pus develops, see your dentist. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has gingivitis and i discovered he has used my toothbrush. Can i get gingivitis or any other gum disease? Also, other than good oral hygiene, what can he do for his gum issues? Thank you.

My boyfriend has gingivitis and i discovered he has used my toothbrush.  Can i get gingivitis or any other gum disease? Also, other than good oral hygiene, what can he do for his gum issues?  Thank you.

Not probable!: Sure, gingivitis and most bacterial issues are transmittable between species however one needs to susceptible. If you are flossing daily, brushing in a vibratory manner at the gum tooth interface, you probably don't have and are not susceptible to gum issues from your boyfriends tooth brush. Think about it...You are kissing the guy ; you're ok! isn't that a more direct means of transmission!. ...Read more

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I have swollen gums and i'm taking medication. Could it be gingivitis?

I have swollen gums and i'm taking medication. Could it be gingivitis?

It could be / or: It's either gingivitis not related to your meds. , or as a side effect of your meds. , check your medication side effects , either way you need to pay close attention to teeth and gum cleaning.. ...Read more

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Can sugar free gum with xylitol help prevent cavities or gingivitis?

Yes: Xylitol inhibits tooth decay, the chewing of the gum increases saliva flow ( saliva buffers the mouth and reduces decay). Also the mechanical action of chewing helps dislodge food debris.One word of caution xylitol is toxic to pets. ...Read more

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I have gingivitis, what can I do to stop my gums from bleeding during cleaning? Take aspirin

See below: Dr. Gordon gives great information in his answer. If you can stop the Aspirin for a week before the cleaning it would help. Only do so with the approval of your doctor. ...Read more

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When you have gingivitis how long does it take for all of you gums to get better. My gums don't bleed, had a deep cleaning in gum line by dentist?

When you have gingivitis how long does it take for all of you gums to get better. My gums don't bleed, had a deep cleaning in gum line by dentist?

Up to you: See Dentist as often as recommended, but Dentist can't do this alone. You have the major responsibility for keeping your gums healthy. Brush 2 full minutes(zebu the clock) at least 2x/day with sort toothbrush & pea sized portion of toothpaste. Very important, floss or Water Pik daily. Avoid excessive alcohol. Ask Dentist for more advice. ...Read more

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Went to dentist for gingivitis all that happened was a cleaning. My gums around my left molar hurts. I can feel the another part of my gums there now.

Went to dentist for gingivitis all that happened was a cleaning. My gums around my left molar hurts. I can feel the another part of my gums there now.

Very common: The inflamed gingiva and can be sore after tarter removal. This soreness should resolve after a day or two. Saltwater rinses 2-3 times per day may promote healing. ...Read more

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