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What Causes Inflamed Gums
Bactrial infection: If the bacteria is not removed regularly it can penetrate under the gums and cause deep pockets, the bacteria will attack the bone and will cause bone infection and the gums loose their support, as the pockets get deeper, the infection can cause recession and swelling of the gums as well. It is important to have a good oral hugiene and pregular dental visits for gum and teeth maintenance. ...Read more
IBD is not IBS: If by "inflammed bowels" you mean inflammatory bowel disease, such as crohn's & ulcerative colitis, it is an over expression of the immune system that causes not just problems with the colon, but sometime diseases of the upper GI tract and surrrounding organs. Genetics, environment, ethnic origin all play a role in "flaring" the disease. Distinguish: infection, ischemia, from symptoms of ibs. ...Read more
Infection, abscess..: All of the followings: 1) gum disease/infection of the gum, 2) dental or periodontal abscess, 3)faulty restoration/open contacts that cause food impaction, 3)malocclusion, 4)open mouth breather, 5)dry mouth syndrome or any oral condition causing dry mouth, 6)lichen planus and other autoimmune diseases, 7)allergic reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Several things: An infection is the most common cause of cervicitis. This can be bacterial, fungal, or viral (the latter less likely). Inflammation can also be seen as a result of trauma, friction or perhaps even things like rheumatoid arthritis, vasculitis, or endometritis. A culture or pap smear may help identify the cause. ...Read more
Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Inflammation: Bleeding gums is most often from improper hygiene. When plaque bacteria are not completely cleaned from your teeth, the byproducts of their "living" on your teeth causes an inflammation in your gums and with inflammation comes increased blood flow. There are some systemic diseases that can cause bleeding gums as well, but it's usually dental plaque. Check with your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many -see a dentist: There are many potential causes... Periodontal disease, root canal abcess, wisdom teeth infections, food or other impaction, diabetes, herpetic gingivostomatitis, pyogenic granuloma, reaction to medication such as Dilantin or calcium channel blockers, allergic reactions...see a dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
Plaque: Plaque is the mean reason for gum inflammation. Lack of proper and adequate oral hygiene is what allows plaque build up. Some less likely factors for gingival inflammation are medications, viral infections, hormonal changes, or some rare gingival conditions or autoimmune diseases. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Permanent: Discoloration can be due to certain chronically taken medication, melanin pigmentation, or metals leeching from restorations or actual particles of a restoration becoming engulfed by macrophages within mucosa and becoming permanently "deposited". Certain disease processes can also lead to discolored gingiva. Discoloration can range from dark brown, blue, reddish or white or admixture of these. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Gum lesions?: Depending on the clinical picture, gums can "peel" or slough off due to gum disease, trauma, viral, bacteria or other miscellaneous causes. You would need to see a laser periodontist for a complete evaluation. The nd/yag laser can sometimes help in a big way in these situations. www.drgums.com. ...Read more
Tongue ulcers: Some are the result of a viral infection from the herpes simplex virus. Some are mouth ulcers (aphthous ulcers), which are of unknown origin, but are thought to occur from stress, injury (biting the tongue), acidic foods, hormonal changes, allergies, or certain systemic diseases. ...Read more
What disease could cause the following symptoms: bleeding gums, loose teeth, painful and swollen joints?
Vitamin C deficiency: The symptoms you described are classic symptoms of vitamin c deficiency(scurvy). The symptoms in part or in whole could be secondary to a number of medical problems. Without more clinical information a more specific response is not possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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