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What is the cause and treatment for gum infection?

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Posted on Wed, 9 Jul 2014
Question: Just behind my last molar, there is a bit of white and red. I'm pretty sure I have a cavity or severe tooth decay on that last molar. My wisdom teeth were taken out years ago. Can the gums itself get irritated enough that right behind the molar? I'm going to the dentist on Friday, but it's making me nervous about oral cancer. A couple of those pictures aren't totally focused, but I hope you can get the gist of what I'm asking. Thanks.
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Possible gum infection due to following causes...

Detailed Answer:
Hi there,

It was difficult to identify the white and red part after your last molar in the photos you provided unfortunately. However, there was only one picture that I could see the red and white part foggily, and it could be probably related to:
- cavity of the molar nearby
- if you have had symptoms of flu recently, might be related to mouth viral manifestations

I advise to take good hygiene of your oral cavity until Friday appointment with your dentist and to:
- rinse your mouth with baking soda diluted in water
- do not eat/drink too hot foods/drinks

Hope it helped! Let me know if I can assist you further!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Albana Sejdini (4 minutes later)
Thanks Dr. Albana,

So, from what you can tell, it doesn't look cancerous at all? I know the pictures were difficult to dissect. It was tough getting a good shot of it all the way in the back of my mouth. But, every time I look something up online, cancer keeps popping up.

Sincerely, XXXXXXX
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Answered by Dr. Albana Sejdini (17 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
No...

Detailed Answer:
Hi back XXXXXXX

From what I have seen, it did not look as cancerous but as some common pathology. It is great that you show such interest, but try not to be obsessed of cancer.

Wait until further consultation with dentist on Friday and let me know!
All the best!
Dr.Albana
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Brief Answer: Possible gum infection due to following causes... Detailed Answer: Hi there, It was difficult to identify the white and red part after your last molar in the photos you provided unfortunately. However, there was only one picture that I could see the red and white part foggily, and it could be probably related to: - cavity of the molar nearby - if you have had symptoms of flu recently, might be related to mouth viral manifestations I advise to take good hygiene of your oral cavity until Friday appointment with your dentist and to: - rinse your mouth with baking soda diluted in water - do not eat/drink too hot foods/drinks Hope it helped! Let me know if I can assist you further! Dr.Albana