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Diagnosed as gum infection. Prescribed antibiotic. Infection spreading. Suggestions?

Hi Dr. Stephen, i just took my daughter to see the dentist and she wasn t sure if my daughter has gum infection or fungus. Then we took her to her doctor. She said my daughter has gum infection an prescribed her antibiotic . Now she doesnt have fever , but it seems like the infection is spreading out and getting worse. Im thinking taking her to the emergency room. So can you give me an advise? tks a lot.
Asked On : Sat, 12 Jan 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello there, poor oral hygiene and deficiency of vitamin c can cause gum inflammation at young age.It shows symptoms like redness, swelling and bleeding of gums. viral and bacterial infection worsen the condition.At home you can ask your daughter to rinse her mouth regularly with warm saline water, antiseptics like betadine ,chlorexidine etc. that gives soothing effect. see your dentist soon. thorough professional ultrasonic cleaning of gums and root planing followed by a course of medicines will solve her problem. i hope that helps you,take care.
Answered: Wed, 16 Jan 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Infection of the gums mainly occurs due to poor oral hygiene, plague and calculus deposition.
Bacterial and viral infections worsen the condition. Use of some medications, hormonal changes systemic conditions like diabetes, vitamin deficeincy, habit such as smoking can also lead to such changes.
I would suggest you to take your daughter to Dentist and get the thorough checkup done, take an OPG radiograph, go for symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling and polishing.
Maintain a good oral hygiene, use lukewarm saline rinses and antiseptic mouthwash gargles twice daily.
Start with multivitamin tablets.
Take complete balanced diet with lots of water.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Mon, 6 May 2013
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Dentist Dr. Khushboo Bhatia's  Response
Swelling of gums can occur because of plaque and calculus deposits in relation to teeth. Some medications, hormonal alterations, stress, vitamin C deficiency and oral habits like smoking can also lead to enlargement in size of gums. Benign and malignant tumors and some diseases like diabetes, sarcoidosis etc can also lead to swelling of the gums. Inflammatory gum enlargement can occur because of gingival or periodontal abscess. Without clinical examination, it is difficult to tell exact cause of gum enlargement in your case. For treatment of gum swelling, dental cleaning and root planning is required. Periodontal surgery may also be required for treatment of gum enlargement. Gingivectomy procedure may also be performed in which excess of gum tissue is removed. If there is gum infection present, then it is important to treat it. Gum infection can progress further and lead to bone loss and tooth mobility.
Answered: Tue, 15 Jan 2013
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