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I'm 16 years old and I chew tabacco. I'm scared I might have gum cancer bc my gums are swollen and sore, my throw hurts and my jaws. Do you think I mi?

I'm 16 years old and I chew tabacco. I'm scared I might have gum cancer bc my gums are swollen and sore, my throw hurts and my jaws. Do you think I mi?

No: You are not as likely to have cancer as you are to have gingivitis and a mouth infection. Please try to stop chewing and have a doctor examine you to be sure. Chewing tobacco raises the risk for cancer so even if you do not have it now you could be at risk later. ...Read more

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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more


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Had sinus opp now my gums are swollen & sore, is this nomal and 4 how long until ok thanks x?

Had sinus opp now my gums are swollen & sore, is this nomal and 4 how long until ok thanks x?

Gum disease: In most situations, the surgery is done endoscopically without the need for external incisions. If this is the case, it takes up to 3 to 5 days to feel completely back to normal. Swollen and sore gums is a sign that you are already have a gum disease. This is a serious problem, which should be treated by a dentist. Get well soon. ...Read more

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Every aprox 4-6mo my 3rd molar has a growth spurt (i'm 25yo), when this happens my gums around it get swollen and sore 4 aprox a week, do I need abx?

Every aprox 4-6mo my 3rd molar has a growth spurt (i'm 25yo), when this happens my gums around it get swollen and sore 4 aprox a week, do I need abx?

Evaluate : This is a common problem when a wisdom tooth is not completely erupted and you can't keep the area clean and healthy. This is an infection that you keep getting. And it will not get any better. The best thing for you to do is see a dentist, or oral surgeon and have it evaluated for extraction. You can cause damage to the adjacent tooth. So take action now. ...Read more

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My gums are swollen, very irritated and feeling sore. It seems that it all started after i used the crest whitening stips. Could that be an allergy?

My gums are swollen, very irritated and feeling sore.  It seems that it all started after i used the crest whitening stips. Could that be an allergy?

Sensitivity: The active ingredient in white strips can be irritating to gum tissues for many people. This will go away once you stop using the white strips. This sensitivity can be more severe if your gums were not healthy when you began the process of lightening your teeth. See a dentist if it does not heal in a few days or if you have not seen one recently. ...Read more

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I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when i brush, hurt when eating.Sore throat as well.

I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when i brush, hurt when eating.Sore throat as well.

Poor hygiene: As a young person you have poor oral hygiene -that's why your gums bleed and tartar is present.See a dentist for a check up and have your teeth cleaned and learn good oral hygiene instructions.If not you will develop periodontal disease. ...Read more

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Gum is swollen near the back of my left molar. Sudden and very painful! what to do?

Gum is swollen near the back of my left molar. Sudden and very painful! what to do?

Simple solution: See a dentist for examination x-rays and treatment. Dental and gums problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. ...Read more

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Hi,currently l have two ulcerson my bottom gum, a little swollen gland (more on right node), shoul l treat it as a cold or just gum swelling?

Hi,currently l have two ulcerson my bottom gum, a little swollen gland (more on right node), shoul l treat it as a cold or just gum swelling?

Get evaluated: Swelling of any kind is sign of inflammation. The question is what's the cause. You should not treat anything unless you know for sure what the diagnosis is. Ulcers on gums have many causes. Two isolated ulcers could be aphthous ulcers, traumatic ulcers, or something else. Warm salt water rinses and topical corticosteroids (only recommended after a medical review) can help with that. ...Read more

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My gum is swollen and its bleeding. Can you die from an abscess?

My gum is swollen and its bleeding. Can you die from an abscess?

Gingivitis/Periodont: Swelling, bleeding of gums are classical symptoms of gingivitis and if there is lost of attachment it is called periodontitis. It is very unlikely to die from an abscess but it is possible. Any kind of infection which an abscess is needs to be treated as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My gum is swollen and I only have access to Tavanic/levoflaxacin 500mg and no access to dentist. Would it help?

My gum is swollen and I only have access to Tavanic/levoflaxacin 500mg and no access to dentist. Would it help?

Not 1st choice: Taking the wrong antibiotic can do harm. Not taking a complete course of an antibiotic (having some left over) can do harm. Not having and not taking a full course of an antibiotic can do harm. Antibiotic will not cure dental infection, only control it for as long as it's taken. You must see Dentist...don't put it off. ...Read more

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Gum Swelling (Definition)

There are many causes: gum disease, hormonal changes, medications, food impact ...Read more