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Swollen, sensitive, bleeding gums behind front teeth. Pain while flossing. Histroy of pain in gums. Help

I have sensitive teeth normally and after having a cavity filled a year ago I became a frequent flosser. I had a bad pain on the left side of my mouth in my gums, but I am abroad and can not see a dentist for another few weeks, so I have been taking a pain reliever since then. About 4 days ago, I woke up and the gums inbetween and just behind my two front teeth are swollen, sensitive and bleed when I brush my teeth. I have tried flossing but it is very painful. What is this from? Is there a way to make it go away or reduce the swelling?
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response
Hello ,

Thanks for posting your query.

It is good to know that you floss regularly. Regular flossing helps a lot in maintaining oral hygiene.

Coming to you query, pain ,swelling and bleeding in the gums could be due to inflammation of gums which can happen due to forceful lodgement of food in between two teeth because of a cavity or due to accumulation of tartar [calculus].

I would advise you not to floss now as you may injure the already traumatized gums. You need to see a dentist who will assess the cause of your agony.Taking painkilllers for a prolonged time is not advised. You may do lukewarm saline rinses . But visit to a dentist is must.

Hope that answers your query. Let me know if you have any more questions on this.

Wishing you a quick recovery.

Dr.Sushma Rajesh
Answered: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for asking the query,

Swelling in the gums indicates infection in the gums known as Gingivitis, swelling may also have resulted from the infection drained from the adjacent tooth. I would suggest you to visit the Dentist and get the clinical examination done, take necessary x-rays.
Go for symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling and polishing.
Since you cannot see the dentist right now ,apply Dologel oral ointment topically over the affected area.
Take lukewarm saline gargles 3-4 times, and antiseptic mouthwash rinses twice daily.
Take mutivitamin suplements, drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.

Hope this helps out.

Regards.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Tarush Thakur's  Response
Hi,
Thanks for writing,

After reviewing your history i found out that your chief complaint is pain in the gums which have now swollen and prone to bleeding.

Gums can be affected in a number of conditions like

1) prolonged exposure to dental plaque(deposits due to bad oral hygiene) causes chronic inflamatory enlargement.

2) Bacteria carried deep into the tissue when toothbrush bristel, apple core, or any other small sharp degraded food like popcorn kernel is forcefully embedded into the gingiva (gums).

3) It can be enlarged with the use of medicines which control seizures, lower your immune system(immuno-suppressants), or used in heart related problems(calcium channel blockers).

4) gingiva(gums) is also enlarged in other conditions like pregnancy, puberty, vitamin c deficiency and other diseases of body.

Make sure to visit a dentist soon, and have a professional cleaning(scaling) done. It will relieve you with the symptoms. You might have been affected by the first two points above.

For now, u can use a mouthwash or swish your mouth with luke warm water with some salt added. Taking pain killers will only give you symptomatic relief and does not cure your problem. Discontinue flossing on that side till your scaling is done.

Brush your teeth gently and it is important that you use a soft bristle tooth brush.


Stay healthy,
Thank You.

Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sivaji Kavuri's  Response
Hi,

Thanks for posting your query,

Swollen gums and bleeding are normally signs of inflamation of gingiva.ie.,gums.

This condition is called gingivitis and usually requires to get a deep scaling.ie.,thorough cleaning

done once.

Since you are not able to see the dentist for few weeks you can follow home remedies as follows:

a.Gently massage the gums for five minutes daily with gum massage paint.
b.Use mouthwash and rinse your mouth well.
c.Use warm saltwater to gargle your mouth.

If you do so you can control the swelling and reduce bleeding until you meet the dentist.

Hope this helps you out,

Thank you.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Hello,
Thanks for posting your query.
The pain in gums may be due to-
Gingival recession.
Improper flossing techniques.
Cervical abrasion.
Gingivitis.
I would suggest you to get scaling done.
Exposed dentin has to be restored.
Discontinue flossing for a while.
Use soft bristled toothbrush and clean your teeth in back-forth and up-down motion.
Use chorhexidine mouthrinse to gargle.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Pain and swelling in the gums is a sign of inflammation and it is indicative of gum infection or gingivitis.

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.

Gingivitis presents with symptoms of redness , bleeding gums , swelling , pain ,recession and sensitivity.

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: Mon, 29 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Pain and swelling in the gums is a sign of inflammation and it is indicative of gum infection or gingivitis.

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.

Gingivitis presents with symptoms of redness , bleeding gums , swelling , pain ,recession and sensitivity.

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: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
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