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Doctor insights on: Need To Go For Scaling But Why Are My Gums Swollen

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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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Is it good to use a little peroxide mixed with water after teeth scaling for swollen gums few times a day to help healing and kill gum disease?

Is it good to use a little peroxide mixed with water after teeth scaling for swollen gums few times a day to help healing and kill gum disease?

Will help a little: The diluted peroxide will keep bacterial levels down, which will obviously help with the healing. Too much use, however, can irritated the tender tissues even more. You are under the care of your own dentist who knows your situation best... It's better to ask him/her for their input since they are treating you. ...Read more

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Day after teeth scaling what mouth wash is best to use with swollen gums?

Day after teeth scaling what mouth wash is best to use with swollen gums?

Salt water: It removes inflammatory fluids and toughens the tissue. Use 1/2 tsp of salt in a 5 oz glass of warm water, rinse one mouthful for 2 minutes, then expectorate. Do 2-3 times per day for a week. ...Read more

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I just got a scaling on my gums and now my gums near the area are really light pink almost white looking. Should I be concerned?

I just got a scaling on my gums and now my gums near the area are really light pink almost white looking. Should I be concerned?

Visit your dentist: who can help you by making an accurate diagnosis of your specific condition. It is not normal for gums to be pale or white in color, you want to see white teeth and healthy pink gums. ...Read more

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How long does it take gums to heal from a scaling?

How long does it take gums to heal from a scaling?

Deep cleaning: You are likely talking about post operative discomfort. It all depends on how bad your gum disease is. Typically, most of my patients are back to normal in a few days and only need some Ibuprofen or Tylenol for pain. Some people are better the next day and some take up to a month. The latter being very unusual. Warm salt water rinses a few times a day will help. Hang in there ...Read more

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Dds: why not just evaporate the upper millimeter portion of the gum of a 5 mm pocket vs. Maintaining it by planing and scaling? It'll just deepen anyway.

Dds: why not just evaporate the upper millimeter portion of the gum of a 5 mm pocket vs. Maintaining it by planing and scaling? It'll just deepen anyway.

Reduction of pockets: Periodontal pockets can be healed by removal of the bacteria and proper maintenance afterwards. Scaling and root planing is very effective at starting this process, but proper brushing and flossing is essential to long term gum health. Removing gum tissue will cause sensitivity of the teeth and more decay due to root surface exposure. Pockets will not continue to deepen with proper home care. ...Read more

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When I have episodes of pain in my gums (as noticed when I floss), should I make an urgent appointment to get deep root scaling or a cleaning?

When I have episodes of pain in my gums (as noticed when I floss), should I make an urgent appointment to get deep root scaling or a cleaning?

Need diagnosis: The decision to get deep scaling can only be made after a thorough periodontal exam. It may be indicated but you may just have gingivitis which can be painful while not requiring deep cleaning. It sounds like some kind of cleaning is required asap so see your dentist for an exam before jumping to treatment decisions. In the meantime brush and floss carefully. It will help even if it hurts at first ...Read more

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Would it be healthy if after my scaling and rooting my gums stopped bleeding?

Would it be healthy if after my scaling and rooting my gums stopped bleeding?

First step: Treat the cause, not symptom. Diagnosis of gum disease must identified the cause. These causes must be treated. Scale and polish only the first step of treatment. Occlusal factors must be address. Follow up with selective scaling and root planning must occur. Host reaction must be explored. These are the reasons why the treatment is termed "periodontal therapy", not just a procedure. ...Read more

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Can scaling and root planing always result in lower gumlines, leaving the gums healthy but unaesthetic?

Can scaling and root planing always result in lower gumlines, leaving the gums healthy but unaesthetic?

No: Scaling and root planing does not cause the gingival margins to recede... Periodontal disease does that. Scaling and root planing rids the teeth of hardened deposits of calculus. As the inflamed, puffy gums heal and tighten up to become healthier, they may recede towards the bone. ...Read more

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How do you know if you have a gum disease? I got a scaling at my last appointment and my gums are getting puffy and white at the gumline

Ask a dentist ?: The only way to diagnose this is direct examination, if you haven't found a good dentist, I suggest you go see one, puffy gums suggests gum disease - so no smoking, more healthy choices, and good genes( can't control that) will get you started, a good hygiene plan and a good dentist will help you get the rest of the way to better gums ...Read more