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Smelly white substance under gums that can be squeezed out. Advise?

Hi im 26, male and recently i have noticed a white substance under my gums, i can squeeze it out by applying pressure on my gum and it has a terrible smell to it, i have started brushing everyday as i thought this would probably be the reason why but just incase there is another reason for it i thought it best to seek advice :)
Asked On : Wed, 3 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

According to your clinical history i suspect you have developed a gingival abscess or a gum boil that is draining white pus in the oral cavity with fowl mouth odor.

It is caused due poor oral hygiene ,improper brushing and flossing that leads to accumulation of bacterial plaque and calculus deep in the gum pockets and root surfaces of the teeth.

It needs to be treated by thorough professional deep scaling of gums and root planing of the teeth to remove all the irritants ,this will help in resolving the symptoms .

followed by a course of antibiotic and analgesics.

i would suggest you to go for symptomatic treatment at home like gargling with lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like chlorhexidine or betadine.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

According to your clinical history i suspect that due to poor oral hygiene you have developed infection and inflammation of the gums known as Gingivitis there is probably food lodgement in the gum pockets leading to pus formation.

I would suggest you to visit the Dentist and go for the symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling, polishing and root planing.
Maintain a good oral hygiene.
Use antiseptic mouthwash gargles like chlorhexidine twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

The white smelling substance that you have noticed is pus.this is due to periodontal infection.

This is an infection developed in the attachment apparatus of your teeth.

It is best to see your dentist.

You can visit your dentist and take x ray so that you can see the amount of bone that treatment can be planned.

Further upon consultation you can start antibiotic and analgesics.

Deep scaling with curettage and root planing might help a lot in this case.

Meanwhile do antiseptic mouth rinsing.

Hope it helps.


Take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sonia Nayab's  Response
hi there
thanks for asking your query

white sticky substance around gums is plaque which is formed if oral hygiene is not maintained properly
i would suggest you to maintain good oral hygiene
brush twice a day EVERYDAY...for minimum 3minutes
floss your teeth regularly
use a mouthwash
hope this will help

Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bibhu Dutt Nanda's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM forum,
I would like you to know that the whitish yellow substance is pus which has a foul odour to it and is associated with the infection in gums. Please be advised that their can be a number of factors linked to it; poor oral hygiene, tooth infection, hereditary factors, stress,etc.
I would recommend you to see your dentist for teeth cleaning ,
Kindly brush your teeth with a sift bristles tooth brush (twice/day),
use an antibacterial mouth wash(twice/day),
A dental floss to clean areas between teeth,
Kindly visit your dentist soon,
i hope this answer was useful
i wish you good health
take care.
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sushma Rajesh's  Response
Hi ,

Thanks for posting your query.

Good to know that you have started brushing regularly. It is never too late to start off something good :)

It looks like you have a small abscess [boil containing pus] which has started draining. You have not mentioned which area it is present. I would advise you to get yourself examined by a dentist to check if you have any decayed or non vital tooth .

Meanwhile, dont squeeze the boil, just do lukewarm saline rinses and visit a dentist.

Take care

Dr.Sushma Rajesh
Answered: Tue, 30 Apr 2013
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