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Swollen gums, feeling rough, pale, no pain. What is going on?

My gums on one side of my mouth are swollen and feel rough and they are also slightly pale but do not hurt and neither do my teeth .I don t have a fever or swollen glands. I brush twice a day and floss once a day and also use mouth wash before bed. The swelling came on suddenly after flossing last night what s going on?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Oct 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome to HCM forum,
i would be glad to answer your query,
i would like to inform you that the sudden swelling over the gums appeared following trauma from flossing.
sometimes,improper technique for flossing cause cuts over the gums,therefore i recommend you to avoid using the floss in the affected area for atleast 3-5 days, allow healing to happen.
kindly use proper technique for flossing to avoid floss cuts.
you can continue using a mouth wash,
massage you gums with dologel-ct (twice/day), apply it half an before the meals.
follow the given instructions, swelling will disappear in a few days.
i hope i answered your query,
i wish you good health.
Answered: Fri, 2 Nov 2012
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Swelling in the gums can be due to infection , improper brushing and flossing techniques, plague and calculus deposition.

I would suggest you to get a checkup done by the Dentist.

Go for symptomatic treatment of complete mouth scaling and polishing.

Maintain a good oral hygiene.
Use chlorhexidine mouthwash gargles twice daily.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Inderpreet Singh's  Response
there must be some food particle lodged inside the gums which has caused infection and thus your gums are now swollen.
flossing might have inadvertently pushed the debris deeper inside the already ailing gums.
i see that you are very hygiene conscious which is good on your part.
i suggest you go to a dentist and get the gums examined and probably cleaned.
Answered: Wed, 31 Oct 2012
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement Dr. Saurabh Gupta's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
As it came on suddenly it is acute in nature and one possible diagnosis might be ANUG (Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingivitis). common in smokers with poor nutrition and poor oral hygiene who are under a lot of stress, often times seen in college students who fit all or most of those characteristics.
If it is isolated to 1 or 2 teeth, then it could be an infected tooth (abscess), or it could still be periodontal disease.
Basically, without examining your mouth it is really hard to say. Sounds like you need to visit a dentist.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Answered: Mon, 15 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sonia Nayab's  Response
hi there
thanks for asking your query
sudden swelling in gums can be due to trauma,
local irritation
you didint mentioned your age and exact site of swelling
if its in posterior,behind 2nd molar then may be its an erupting third molar.

i will reccomend you to consult dentist for exact diagnosis
meanwhile maintain good oral hygiene.
use antiseptic mouthwash
brush twice a day
use proper flossing technique
apply daktarin gel on swollen gum twice a day.
hope this will help
Answered: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
Dear friend.

Thanks for sharing your concern.

your history suggests that you have developed infection in your gum resulting in swelling.

for this i would advise you to see your dentist once and get it examined clinically.

once the infection is cured through proper scaling and curettage,it will be fine.

meanwhile maintain very good oral hygiene as you are already doing,this helps in reducing infection.

Hope it helps.


take care.
Answered: Fri, 12 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello there ,

Swelling in the gums is the sign of gingival inflammation .

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: Sat, 13 Apr 2013
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