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What to do if I have gum disease (puffy and red gums), can rinsing with salt water helps my puffy and red gums, can it also make the gums hard/tighten?

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Dr. Arnold Malerman
Dentistry - Orthodontics
2 doctors agree

In brief: Puffy gums

Sign that gums are infected.
Salt water will not cure an infection. Please see a dentist now, before the problem worsens. Puffy gums are often seen hand-in-hand with bone loss. If treated early enough inflammation can be reversed. If treatment delayed, the result will be permanent damage. The services of a gum specialist, a periodontist, may be in order.

In brief: Puffy gums

Sign that gums are infected.
Salt water will not cure an infection. Please see a dentist now, before the problem worsens. Puffy gums are often seen hand-in-hand with bone loss. If treated early enough inflammation can be reversed. If treatment delayed, the result will be permanent damage. The services of a gum specialist, a periodontist, may be in order.
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Dr. Mark Birnbach
Dentistry - Cosmetic
2 doctors agree

In brief: Gum disease

While warm salt water rinses can help to make your gums feel better, it will not resolve the underlying cause of the problem. The hardened bacteria that has collected on the roots of the teeth must be removed for the infection to resolve.
See your dentist soon, as the long term results can cause bone loss and eventually, loss of teeth as well.

In brief: Gum disease

While warm salt water rinses can help to make your gums feel better, it will not resolve the underlying cause of the problem. The hardened bacteria that has collected on the roots of the teeth must be removed for the infection to resolve.
See your dentist soon, as the long term results can cause bone loss and eventually, loss of teeth as well.
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Dr. Steven Corben
Dentistry - Cosmetic
1 doctor agrees

In brief: See your dentist!

Puffy and red gums are usually a sign of gingival and/or periodontal infection.
You should go to your dentist to get treatment.

In brief: See your dentist!

Puffy and red gums are usually a sign of gingival and/or periodontal infection.
You should go to your dentist to get treatment.
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Dr. Paul Grin
Pain Management

In brief: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the most common cause of the bleeding, swollen, red gums that give you a tingling sensation.
It can be a sign that you already have a gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist ASAP. Take a good care.

In brief: Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the most common cause of the bleeding, swollen, red gums that give you a tingling sensation.
It can be a sign that you already have a gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist ASAP. Take a good care.
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In brief: Need dentist

Don't try and treat symptoms.
Get to the source by getting to a dentist/periodontist and be evaluated and treated.

In brief: Need dentist

Don't try and treat symptoms.
Get to the source by getting to a dentist/periodontist and be evaluated and treated.
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Dr. Robert Mokbel
Dentistry

In brief: Must see Dentist

You need to see your dentist in order to start the process of healing.
Once your dentist determine what is causing the gum to get puffy and red, he can start in office treatment and then he may recommend warm water and salt rinse or something else. Please don' t self medicate as you may mask the symptoms and not take the real reason out. Dr mokbel, www.Scdentalimplants.Com.

In brief: Must see Dentist

You need to see your dentist in order to start the process of healing.
Once your dentist determine what is causing the gum to get puffy and red, he can start in office treatment and then he may recommend warm water and salt rinse or something else. Please don' t self medicate as you may mask the symptoms and not take the real reason out. Dr mokbel, www.Scdentalimplants.Com.
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