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How To Treat Sore Gums
Sore throat : there are many causes of sore throat. The most common is post nasal drip. You can try an over the counter nasal steroid like Flonase and see how you are doing. If your sore throat is due to infection, you would have fevers and chills and maybe some pain with swallowing. You may also have tonsil patches of exudates which would also signify infection and the need to see a doctor. Good luck ! ...Read more
Try Zilactin B, : An over the counter medication found in pharmacies. Dry area, apply thin layer, let it dry and turn white. Your dentist can prescribe a steroid in a delivery vehicle called orabase. Rx for that! avoid toothpaste with sodium lauryl sulfate which can help cause. Avoid acidic foods. Be careful brushing not to gouge tissue. Lasers work very well, hope your dentist has one. Eat healthy! good luck! ...Read more
Different ways: There are different kinds of gum sores. Some result from a viral infection, "cold sores", which can cause blisters. When these blisters burst, they often leave a shallow ulcer. Other open sores are from bacterial infections, trauma or an autoimmune reaction. Sores can sometimes be contagious so don't touch the sore with your finger. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zilactin: Zilactin (zila pharmaceuticals) available over the counter at your pharmacy is pretty effective. It burns some when you first put it on, but then things feel considerably better. I have the pharmacist compound negatan for my office. It is prescription. It burns more, but usually no more pain from that sore. Either way the sore will be there for 10-14 days, hurting or not. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sore Throat: For significant sore throat with swollen tonsils / lymph nodes – see physician ; get a strep throat test/ culture. If you have strep throat, antibiotic therapy is imperative to prevent future complications. Consider tylenol (acetaminophen) or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications. Saltwater gargles: mix 1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water – gargle with aloe vera juice twice a day. Gargle several times a day. ...Read more
Rarely: Rarely it's allergy to the stainless steel. Most often it's from compromised Oral Hygiene. Make sure you BOTH brush 2x/day for 2 full minutes BY THE CLOCK, AND floss and/or Water-Pik daily. Swollen gums usually due to bacteria. Ask both your Orthodontic Specialist and your General Dentist if more frequent professional cleanings, or referral to Periodontist (gum specialist) would be in order. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Brush, floss, rinse.: Regular brushing, flossing, and use of antibacterial rinses i.e. Listerine will likely help reduce you sore gums (gingivitis). Many people just simply brush briefly which only cleans the outside of teeth/gum, but in between+inside are left untouched..Bacteria grow and causes your gum to be sore and bleed etc..Take care of your teeth--u got first 2 sets free, thereafter it's expensive. Good luck, . ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
The cause determines: The treatment for mouth sores depends upon the cause. Scratches, abrasions, irritations, bites vs. Infections vs gum inflammation, vs aphthous ulcers vs fungal infections vs viral infection vs cancerous lesion vs sores caused by various medical conditions? It's best to see a dentist for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment, especially for any sore that lasts over 2 weeks! ...Read more
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