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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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Can anxiety cause itchy gums and teeth?

Can anxiety cause itchy gums and teeth?

Not anxiety: Anxiety doesn't cause itchy gums, but an unexplained physical problem can certainly cause anxiety! If the problem persists, do see your doctor or dentist. ...Read more

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Abscess? Half rotten back left upper molar tooth that doesn't hurt much but get headaches and anxiety? The gum is swollen in very back?! scared!

Abscess? Half rotten back left upper molar tooth that doesn't hurt much but get headaches and anxiety? The gum is swollen in very back?! scared!

Rotten Tooth: You most likely have an abscess, especially if you are swollen. Pain not the issue here, but ignoring the problem is. Why wait? Call a local dentist and have the tooth evaluated for restoration or extraction. The pain may start suddenly and may be severe. Infection can spread, too. ...Read more

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Use computer 5h/day. Left chest pain, rapid heartbeat when anxiety. Gum bleeding. Headache in the afternoon, better with rest. What should I do?

Use computer 5h/day. Left chest pain, rapid heartbeat when anxiety. Gum bleeding. Headache in the afternoon, better with rest. What should I do?

Stop stressing: Stopping stressors would be the way to go. But, given the symptoms and your age - check a EKG and ECHO to make sure you have a structurally normal heart. Check blood work to make sure you don't suffer from bleeding disorders. Check your vision. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Day 3 of antibiotics for sinus infection still tons of facial pain headaches and lots of gum pain. When will this end!? Anxiety Could it have spread?

Day 3 of antibiotics for sinus infection still tons of facial pain headaches and lots of gum pain. When will this end!? Anxiety Could it have spread?

Sinusitis: Your symptoms are consistent with acute sinus infection and likely you have fluid and secretions causing the pressure and pain you feel. With antibitoic it is quite helpful to us a decongestant and also a nasal corticosteroid, to reduce inflammation and secretions. A mucolytic, e.g. Mucinex (guaifenesin) or similar, also helpful. Lots of fluids, too. ...Read more

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Anxiety issue/not on bipolar med's tell 2/5/14. Off maoi patch, zero for 2-3wks. Gum graft & pain out of control most likely to anxiety. What can I do?

Anxiety issue/not on bipolar med's tell 2/5/14. Off maoi patch, zero for 2-3wks. Gum graft & pain out of control most likely to anxiety. What can I do?

I would recommend: You contact your psychiatrist or your family doctor for short-term benzodiazepine intervention to bring down your anxiety quickly until you can be back on bipolar medications. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I googled have myself in panic I've had a weird lightheaded feeling 24/7 daily 5 yrs Drs say anxiety could bad teeth cause or gums have broken teeth?

I googled have myself in panic I've had a weird lightheaded feeling 24/7 daily 5 yrs Drs say anxiety could bad teeth cause or gums have broken teeth?

Don't panic: Your lightheadedness is most likely not coming from your teeth or gums. But you should still get your teeth examined and restored. ...Read more

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Will warm salt water help gum swelling if infection n peroxide rinse having anxiety over this to where my throat feels tight?

Will warm salt water help gum swelling if infection n peroxide rinse having anxiety over this to where my throat feels tight?

See a dentist ASAP: Gum swelling is as big a risk to a person's oral health as tooth decay, and problems with the gums can lead to an infection and a loss of teeth. ...Read more

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Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth/bad breath from anti-anxiety meds. Tried "dry mouth" toothpaste and mouthwash. Lemon water. Gum doesn't work long at all. No luck. Help?

Dry mouth: Older (tricylic) antidepressants used for depression and anxiety commonly cause dry mouth. But SSRI, MAOI type medications and most of the short-acting anti-anxiety medications are not known to cause dry mouth/bad breath. Discuss alternate med with prescribing doctor. You may also benefit from a dental exam to make sure there is no other condition causing dry mouth/bad breath. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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If I had gum infection or swelling would it cause throat to be sore n lymph nodes dr said just gum issues worried Ludwigs anxiety is up? Using salt wat

If I had gum infection or swelling would it cause throat to be sore n lymph nodes dr said just gum issues worried Ludwigs anxiety is up? Using salt wat

Gum infection: If you were developing Ludwigs angina your floor of mouth would be getting harder and swollen and it would be hard to move your tongue. You need to get some antibiotics from your family doctor or an urgent care. Penicillin works the best in this case if you are not allergic to it. Rinse your mouth with listerine mouth wash. You have to get your mouth checked by a dentist. ...Read more

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Curious as to what would cause: brain fog, hand tremor, eye twitch, joint pain, acid reflux, lightly bleeding gums, anxiety and impending doom?

Curious as to what would cause: brain fog, hand tremor, eye twitch, joint pain, acid reflux, lightly bleeding gums, anxiety and impending doom?

Too many symptoms: A symptom diary is helpful in such cases. One can write down the symptoms that happen each day, along with the activities that day, the foods eaten (including drinks), and medications taken. Write on a big calendar. Include whether or not the medications help the symptoms. Then a doctor can START with the most bothersome symptoms, as multiple symptoms usually means several visits to the doctor. ...Read more

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I'm addicted to picking at my gums. How do I break this habit?

I'm addicted to picking at my gums. How do I break this habit?

Bacteria: Just remember that there are around 400 million bacteria in the mouth and picking your gums may cause trauma allowing them to invade the opened tissue, not counting what can be inside the finger nails. I hope that habit ended just right now. To your health! ...Read more

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Why do I like to pick my gums and how do I stop?

Why do I like to pick my gums and how do I stop?

Habit: It is a habit no different than cracking you knuckles.
Assuming you have healthy teeth and gums there is little to worry about. ...Read more

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Why do I like to pick my gums? Is this a bad habit?

Why do I like to pick my gums? Is this a bad habit?

Stop it: Picking at your gums can only lead to problems especially if you are making them bleed
ask yourself - why am I picking at my gums?
Find something else to focus on. ...Read more

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Hello, I pick at my gums making sure I dig right in also scrapping the gums so it bleeds. I do it to most of my top front gums. My question is what co?

Hello, I pick at my gums making sure I dig right in also scrapping the gums so it bleeds. I do it to most of my top front gums. My question is what co?

Perfecting Home Care: Good day;
At the preventive (prophylactic) visit review the various home care techniques. Thorough utilization of a thick threaded floss, manipulation of interdental plastic sticks and most importantly thorough toothbrush technique. Be sure your dentist/ hygienist discuss and observe you preforming your improved home care. ...Read more

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I have a gum picking problem. Do you have any advice?

I have a gum picking problem. Do you have any advice?

Possible: Not sure of what you already tried and you should ofcourse see your docs before you take antyhing but...If not already in therapy with behavioral modification techniques you should be. Pharmacologic treatments include ssri meds, these treat anxiety and reduce picking, n--acetyl cysteine, topiramate, Clonidine all have been used as well. Talk to your drs about the risk, benefits and altrenatives. ...Read more

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Are water picks better than flossing? I do not like flossing and find it painful even though I have healthy gums. Do water picks get moldy?

Are water picks better than flossing? I do not like flossing and find it painful even though I have healthy gums. Do water picks get moldy?

Both are best: If you are having pain when flossing then you need the Dentist or hygienist to observe you flossing and help correct any technique errors. It should not hurt in the least. Water Pik is excellent addition, and for some better than nothing if they refuse to floss. Keep it clean and dry, allow water to drain from hose. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I can't stop picking my gums it's almost like they itch and I can't stop, I've been go the dentist they send me to the doctors and then the doctors se?

I can't stop picking my gums it's almost like they itch and I can't stop, I've been go the dentist they send me to the doctors and then the doctors se?

Gum problem: See Gum Specialist, a Periodontist, with year's more specialty training than a general dentist. May be from infection, systemic disease, neurologic disorder, allergic reaction, or other causes. Please see a Periodontist. ...Read more

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Swollen gum after picking food stuck between teeth. What to do?

Swollen gum after picking food stuck between teeth. What to do?

Keep it clean: What did you use to "pick it out"? Hopefully not a tooth pick or similar device. Floss is usually the best and safest method. Continue to brush and floss properly and often enough and it should be fine within a few days. If you are concerned or it does improve shortly, see your dentist! ...Read more

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Why does picking at my gums hurt, but at the same time sort of feeling good? And is this bad for my teeth?

Why does picking at my gums hurt, but at the same time sort of feeling good? And is this bad for my teeth?

Picking with what?: What are you picking your teeth with? If it is a toothpick, should really not, since it won't hurt the teeth, but can damage the gum tissue. You may want to occasionally massage your gums, that could help them feel good. ...Read more

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Swollen gum after picking food stuck between teeth. Is this an infection?

It might be: At a minimum it is irritated and inflamed. There may still be something stuck in there. If does not resolve in a day or so, please see your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a habit of picking around my gums with a tooth pick. Now I have a red swollen and very sore gum, what can I do. Could it be infected?

I have a habit of picking around my gums with a tooth pick. Now I have a red swollen and very sore gum, what can I do. Could it be infected?

Yes: Could be infected, scratched, or could have caused food impaction. Probably better to clean between your teeth with floss or a water pik. See your dentist to have area checked and treated. Ask for his/her best hygiene recommendations for you. ...Read more

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My gum has been swollen for over 2 weeks now after I tried cleaning my teeth with a pick. I brush 2ce a day and use mouthwash. What else can I do?

My gum has been swollen for over 2 weeks now after I tried cleaning my teeth with a pick. I brush 2ce a day and use mouthwash. What else can I do?

Gum disease: Swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria, along with mucus 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 by a dentist. It is a painless condition, but can induce serious complication. ...Read more

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What are the causes of your gum to swell occasionally?

What are the causes of your gum to swell occasionally?

Inflammation: Gingivitis? Periodontitis? Can't tell over the internet. You should be examined by a local dentist for pocketing or an abscess. ...Read more

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Foods that heal gums?

Foods that heal gums?

No foods "heal" gums: Looking for something other than simply flossing daily and to a lesser degree proper toothing to heal your gums and keep them healthy... Don't waste your time! Short of the mechanical cleaning functions of chewing/eating food and the plaque diluting function of saliva, foods do not heal gums! ...Read more

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Why does my gum bleed?

Why does my gum bleed?

CauseYou don't floss: If you don't floss daily (never skipping days) your gums will continue to bleed. That is because plaque will build up and your gums will have an almost immediate inflammatory bleeding response to its "foreign" nature. Toothbrushing for good oral hygiene is a total myth! If it really worked, there would be no tooth decay or gum disease! ...Read more

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What causes gums to itch?

What causes gums to itch?

Itchy gums: This can be due to gum inflammation. Periodontal disease or some new product or food. ...Read more

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What causes blood of the gum?

What causes blood of the gum?

GINGIVITIS: Bleeding gums is a sign of moderate to severe gingivitis. The gums are either invected or irritated by plaque or calculus ont he teeth. See your dentist for a thorough exam and prophylaxis (tooth cleaning). In the meantime start flossing and brushing to remove the plaque.
Hormonal changes may also cause gums to bleed. ...Read more

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What are the effects of guar gum?

What are the effects of guar gum?

Used as a laxative: Guar gum is used as a laxative. It is also used for treating diarrhea, irritable bowel syndrome (ibs), obesity, and diabetes; for reducing cholesterol; and for preventing “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).

Not really a dental question but I hope it helps. ...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