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Tartar Build Up Under Gums
Possibly: Normally the presence of tartar is not painful, but sometimes the tartar can be sharp and irritate your gums to point where they become infected. Painful gums can also be caused by food lodging in between the tooth and gum. Popcorn husks are notorious for that. This should resolve on it's own within a few days. If not or it gets worse then I would see your dentist, you may need a cleaning. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See your dentist: Tarter is a calcified substance that is often tightly adhered to the outer surface of a tooth. In most cases, once it has adhered, it would be very difficult for an individual to remove it. It can readily be removed by a dental professional. I would highly recommend that you see your dentist before trying to remove the tarter yourself. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I've had a gum inflammation for 5 months and I had tartar removed 5 months ago and it doesn't look better. What should I do?
You need more than just a single cleaning to treat inflamed gums. Have you seen the dentist since your initial cleaning? Have you followed the dentist's recommendations? Has all your recommended dental treatment been completed? Do you brush and floss twice a day? Do you smoke? Are you pregnant?
If you answered yes then see a periodontist for an evaluation of your bleeding gums. ...Read more
Gum problems: gum bleeding but no tartar nor any swelling. Also no bleeding while brushing. What is going on?
After cleaning my teeth due to tartar I have a slight detached gum and gap between teeth. Is it normal or I need to worry.
It is normal: During deep cleaning, instruments are used to remove plaque and to eliminate the source of infection. As a result, discomfort and swelling are usually experienced few days after the procedure. It is important to continue to brush the margin of your gums twice a day with a soft toothbrush and floss. The gums will have a chance to recover back to normal. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
While flossing, a piece of tartar/plaque came off. I flossed so hard to get rid of it my gums bleed. Did I just increase my risk of a heartattack?
No, however: Healthy gums do not bleed when flossed. It is possible the bleeding was due to traumatic flossing techniques, but bleeding gums are also an indication of gum disease. If your gums routinely bleed when flossing you should see a dentist for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I suppose that since I cannot floss now for 1 wk. Between the adjacent teeth of the tooth that was gum grafted that tartar will harden itself there?
Can a dentist shave off your teeth too much during a dental cleaning? What about when she scrapes off the tartar? My gums hole is bigger than last tim
Dentist examined mouth said FBC wasn't needed for my recurrent bleeding gums due to tartar. Do I still get it anyway since my GP didn't know the cause?
Full Blood Count: Many people have a FBC performed when they have a routine health examination. F a person is healthy and has results that are within normal limits, then he or she may not require another CBC until their doctor feels that it is necessary. For gum disease the FBC is not needed. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Went to see dentis - random recurrent bleeding gums due to tartar. Had xray of teeth -fine and need hygienist. Do I still need FBC from GP?
Not necessary: There is no need for FBC before or after any scaling and root planing (deep teeth cleaning) or Dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). Most of the time the bleeding is not difficult to control even in patients who are taking anticoagulation and antiplatelet medications. Take care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I just had 2 dental implants and have chlorhexidine gluconate 0.12% oral rinse. Prevent more tartar buildup vs. OTC mouth wash while gums heal?
Follow instructions: You trusted the Dentist to do surgery (implant placement) but not to follow his/her post procedure instructions. Why? Chlorhexidine will reduce chance of surgical sites becoming infected. OTC mouthwashes for the most part just enrich the manufacturer and can actually interfere with healing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I wouldn't say my gum is swollen, but there's suddenly tartar built up around my teeth and bleeds when I brush, hurt when eating. Sore throat as well.
Brushing & flossing: Best way to avoid tarter build-up is to have your teeth professionally cleaned and follow the dentist's tooth brush and flossing instructions. Tarter starts to build up in areas you miss when you are brushing and flossing. You can avoid it by making sure you brush and floss all the surfaces of each tooth. A dentist can help you determine what areas you are missing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer