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My hubby has very sore gums. Had gum disease before, must be back! Will see dentist soon. How often can he rinse with lemon/salt?

My hubby has very sore gums. Had gum disease before, must be back! Will see dentist soon. How often can he rinse with lemon/salt?

No lemon.: Warm Salt water rinse is ok anytime for comfort, but it will only relieve symptoms temporarily. Don't rinse with or suck on lemon, as this can damage your teeth. See your dentist ASAP. He or she may want to refer you to a periodontist (gum specialist) ...Read more

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Have a white sore in gum. Starting was painful but after 10 days the pain transfered to the teeth. Sore size incressed. Washing with salt hurts.

Have a white sore in gum. Starting was painful but after 10 days the pain transfered to the teeth. Sore size incressed. Washing with salt hurts.

Examination: Your problem is getting worse. See your General Dentist, a Periodontist, or an Oral Surgeon. Obviously neither time nor salt water are working. Time to see a pro for differential diagnosis and an informed treatment plan. Please call NOW! ...Read more

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What can I do at home for red and sore gum? Salt mouth wash, garlic ect?

What can I do at home for red and sore gum? Salt mouth wash, garlic ect?

Message gums: You may have a form of gum disease. If it is not to severe you may be able to control it with brushing and flossing.. Other wise you will need help from a dentist to prevent tooth loss or more expensive treatment. ...Read more

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What is best cleaning practice for 1.5 yrs old.Is using salt water with soft brush recommended?My daughter has sore gums due to earlier infection.

What is best cleaning practice for 1.5 yrs old.Is using salt water with soft brush recommended?My daughter has sore gums due to earlier infection.

Needs expert: Your child is six months overdue for 1st dental appointment. Suggest seeing a Pediatric Dental Specialist (Pedodontist) for examination, evaluation, and specific oral hygiene instructions tailored to your child's needs. Concerned about history of "previous infection." See a specialist ASAP. ...Read more

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Have a canker sore bottom left gum for a few days I just recently started doing the salt water thing right now my left jaw/under/neck is sore scared!!

Have a canker sore bottom left gum for a few days I just recently started doing the salt water thing right now my left jaw/under/neck is sore scared!!

Canker sores: are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks only. They can be painful and can make eating and talking very difficult, can make your jaw under neck sore and are the most common oral lesions. It is always a good idea to visit your dentist to support the diagnosis. ...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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My gums are really sore and when i rinse it burns. What can I do? Am i brushing too hard?

My gums are really sore and when i rinse it burns. What can I do? Am i brushing too hard?

Sore Gums: What are you rinsing with? When was your last dental check-up and cleaning? This will require you seeing a dentist to determine the problem and what to do about it. ...Read more

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I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

I've a gum inflammation. When you are doing warm salt water rinses how much salt and water do you use?

1 tablespoon in 8 oz: Gum inflammation can be the culprit of many other diseases. While warm salt water is one way to decrease gum inflammation, it's important to see your dentist to make sure there are no other treatment to do. Brushing with baking soda and peroxide can also improve the health of gums as well as daily flossing. ...Read more

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Red line on bottom on gum where the jawbone sticks out. my dentist said I always had it gave me a special rinse and do the salt water- but its worse?

Red line on bottom on gum where the jawbone sticks out. my dentist said I always had it gave me a special rinse and do the salt water- but its worse?

Go Back Again: If your symptoms are not improving, you definitely need to go back to your dentist. If he/she can't figure it out, you might have to see a specialist: oral surgeon, periodontist, endodontist, etc. You absolutely must find out what's going on, as there are some oral conditions which can be quite serious. Might even need a biopsy to be sure. In any case, go back to your dentist right away. ...Read more

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I am experiencing mild toothache due to early stage gum disease. I have received deep cleaning. How often can I rinse with warm water and salt?

I am experiencing mild toothache due to early stage gum disease. I have received deep cleaning. How often can I rinse with warm water and salt?

Salt water: As often as needed, but generally 4x/day. Toothache may be related to your deep cleaning, or may be coincidental. Please report your discomfort to your treating Dentist. ...Read more

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Ate barbecue on Thursday, still feel like something is between my teeth, have brushed,flossed and rinsed repeatedly, gum is tender ,what can I do?

Ate barbecue on Thursday, still feel like something is between my teeth, have brushed,flossed and rinsed repeatedly, gum is tender ,what can I do?

See your dentist. : Have your dentist examine the area for anything lodged between your teeth. They have a better view of the area with their tools , light , magnification and feel. This impaction can lead to serious periodontal conditions. Hot salt water rinses may help to soothe the gums. Tablespoon of salt in half glass of hot water, rinse and hold for 30 sec., twice daily. ...Read more

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Hi I have bad pain below my bottom teeth in the gum at the root of the teeth, I have taken paracetamol & rinsed with salt water but still painfull ?

Hi I have bad pain below my bottom teeth in the gum at the root of the teeth, I have taken paracetamol & rinsed with salt water but still painfull ?

Infection: Probably an abscess, an infection, but there are other possible reasons. Pills will not cure an infected tooth . You actually need hands-on dental care. Please don't delay. See a Dentist quickly, before the spreading infection damages other organ systems. ...Read more

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White bump appear on my gum near my fang tooth. No cavity. When i rinsed with salt water the white bump wen away and it's just a red bump. Cankersore?

White bump appear on my gum near my fang tooth. No cavity. When i rinsed with salt water the white bump wen away and it's just a red bump. Cankersore?

likely :canker sore: If you also feel some pain and discomfort in the lesion/pimple like area, and it stays less than, or around 14 days, then most likely it. Is canker sore, or aphtus, there are simple ways to remedy that. ...Read more

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Hello I have bleeding gums i went to hygienist but they were bleeding more i rinsed with salt listerin brush my teeth twice nothing helps please advic?

Hello I have bleeding gums i went to hygienist but they were bleeding more i rinsed with salt listerin brush my teeth twice nothing helps please advic?

In healing phase?: They may still be in the healing phase. When gums are irritated from plaque & calculus, they bleed. Following a thorough cleaning, the gums begin to heal. Similarly when you scrape your knee, you keep it clean but understand that it takes awhile to heal .Bleeding should diminish over time. Keep brushing and flossing gently and give it some time (1-2 weeks). If not better, go back to your dentist. ...Read more

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I tried, baking soda, salt, honey, yogurt, peroxide, mouth sore ointment, mouth sore mouth rinse. Nothing is working. I keep on having more out breaks?

I tried, baking soda, salt, honey, yogurt, peroxide, mouth sore ointment, mouth sore mouth rinse. Nothing is working. I keep on having more out breaks?

RUS: Recurrent Apthouus Stomatitis may be the cause of your discomfort. See your dentist for a diagnosis and treatment that will work better than honey. In the meanwhile, Chloraseptic liquid will ease the sores without burning the tissue as benzocaine will. ...Read more

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What does a mixture of salt water rinse do for mouth, gums or tooth infection?

What does a mixture of salt water rinse do for mouth,  gums or tooth infection?

Salt water rinse: I advise my patients to use salt water after almost every procedure i do. There are prescription rinses like the one in the picture that do very well, but they stain your teeth and patients hate that. Warm salt water also does very well as long as u use it for one full minute sevral times a day make sure you see a dentist for a diagnosis first. ...Read more

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Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

Is it ok to put aspirin directly on canker sore in throat (carefully using Qtip)? Salt water rinse not helping. Doctor confirmed canker sore.

NO!: Aspirin made to be taken orally with copious water, not applied topically. Put directly on tissue will actually burn the area, retard healing, cause sloughing, and may leave a scar. ASPIRIN IS NOT TO BE USED TOPICALLY. Canker sore will heal on its own in 7-10 days. You can dab on, w Q-tip, Orabase-B (an OTC). Or you can block pain transmission by taking Aspirin or Advil (ibuprofen) as per pkg directions. ...Read more

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