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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

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?

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?

Gingivitis: Red, bleeding and swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, advanced gum disease. Untreated gingivitis can lead to the tooth loss and other health problems. See your dentist ASAP because the sooner you treat it the better the outcome. ...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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