swollen gums after flossing

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Dr. Nathan Pfister answered:

Just started flossing again and my gums have swollen a lot. How do I get the swelling down?

Swelling gums

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You possible dislodged tarter or "something" deeper into the gums. I'd try a water pic with a diluted salt rinse. If its been awhile you would certainly benefit from having them professionally cleaned.
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Dr. Morey Furman answered:

How do you floss swollen gums with braces?

Try a water pik

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It is very difficult to floss teeth with braces. I recommend using a water pil to my patients with braces to clean around the brackets and under the wire.
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How can I get rid of swollen gums if my braces don't allow me to floss, and I don't have special tools to do it?

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With a Floss Threader flossingr is possible, although tedious. You can use a rubber tip or small pointed proxy brush as an inexpensive substitute for floss. Best choice, get a Water Pik and use it EVERY day. It will make your gums much healthier, make your adjustments easier, and will dramatically shorten your time in braces.
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I have strep on one side and on that side my guns are swollen and sensitive, so are my teeth. Can't chew. Could flossing push strep into my gums?

Please see dentist!

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It sounds like you really need to see a dentist ASAP. From your symptoms you may already have an infection going on, and more than flossing is needed to treat it. Please don't wait, because it could get worse.
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Can there be issue's with caps over 10 years old I woke up and my gum area around the moler that was capped is really swollen. I tried flossing around the tooth but now it seems really inflamed & increasingly painful.

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Dr Funari has given you good advice. Your dental restorations should be evaluated, and your dentist is the one who can do that. Your problem may be solved simply by having a cleaning, or, if the crown has decay along it's edge, you may need to have it replaced.
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Dr. Robert Brodsky answered:

What's recommended as a cure for swollen gums?

See your dentist

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What is the cause? Medications? Abcesses? Dirt Trauma? You need some periodontal treatment.
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Dr. Martin Goebbel answered:

What is the definition or description of: Swollen gums?

Could be gingivitis.

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Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon cancer, Alzheimer's and others.
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What disease could I have with swollen gums?

Periodontal disease

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Mostly due to inadequate hygiene (floss, brush), localized infection, "pockets", can be seen (uncommonly) with deficiencies of vitamin C, folic acid. Can be seen due to some meds, can be seen (uncommon to rare) with some leukemias, lymphomas; allergic reactions to flavorings (cinnamon among them). See your dentist first. can get special mouth washes, checked for other problems
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What is the best thing to do for swollen gums?

Dental care

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With good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy. Floss daily, brush after meals, consider a water pik, and see your dentist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist about other considerations.
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I have braces and my teeth are ok, and i have really swollen gums how can i unswell my gums?

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Try to brush and floss at least twice a day and be very meticulous. If it doesn't resolve, you may need to see your dentist to get treated.
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