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It Hurts To Brush My Teeth
I just got my braces off and it hurts to brush my teeth as usual. And when I manage to deal with the pain my gums bleed pretty bad. Normal?
Tooth brushing pain: Depends where. Along the gum can be exposed tooth root, or a gum infection. Depend on the force of your brushing. Brushing hard does notclean better. Smaller amounts of toothpaste is better than more. Mechanical toothbrushes are meant to glide slowly over the teeth. Don't actually brush. Best time to clean your teeth is just before sleep. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have strep throat and my gums are inflamed and hurt to brush my teeth or eat is this normal? I also have cold sores.
Many causes: Strep throat can certainly cause irritation of surrounding tissues. In addition, fever from strep can cause "cold sores" (=oral herpes, which 98% of us have) in your lips, gums, mouth, throat, or even esophagus. There are medications to help shorten the duration of the cold sores; see your doctor about this. Warm salt water gargles (1 tsp salt in 8 oz warm water; swish, gargle, spit) help. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have strep throat and my gums are inflamed and hurt to brush my teeth or eat is this normal? I also have cold sores and canker sores.
Gingival inflammatio: First, you should be using an extra soft toothbrush. Any other firmness can hurt the guns even when gums are healthy. Secondly, monitor your force when brushing lastly, if gums bleed when brushing, you may have inflammation or gingivitis causing pain. If this is the case see your dentist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Gum disease!: Either gingivitis or periodontitis. Both cause the same symptoms as you describe. Get your teeth cleaned professionally. Take much better of your teeth on a daily basis (do excellent brushing and flossing) your dentist needs to evaulate (exam) your oral condition for proper diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The gums on the bottom left side of my mouth hurt and bleed when i brush my teeth. Could it be some oral disease?
Yes: See a dentist who can clinically examine you, take an x-ray of the offending teeth and suggest the many ways to resolve this discomfort. There are different treatment methods based upon the specific situation, the degree of the sensitivity, the integrity of the tooth, the amount of recession, etc. ...Read more
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