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Constantly sore, swollen gums!

Jooby59
Jooby59
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According to my dentist I have healthy gums and teeth and I have regular check ups. However, I suffer badly from sore, swollen gums at the immediate base of various teeth - particularly lower jaw. It seems as if my gums react really easily to anything that may "bruise" them. It really pulls me down as my mouth never feels quite right. I am on a waiting list for further investigation at the hospital. In meantime, just wonderd if anyone else had same thing and had any advice.

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Evaristo

And how is your dental hygiene? Are you sure it isn't an effect of insufficient hygiene?

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Jooby59
Jooby59
in reply to Evaristo

Definitely not!

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AnotherDentist

Do you have anaemia? enquire at your GP

Do you have other health conditions, such as Crohns? just one example of many conditions that can affect the mouth/gums

Do you take medication? medication can affect the gums, without causing disease

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Jooby59

Thanks for response. Definitely not got anaemia (had blood tests weeks ago) - they tested for loads of other things too and all came back negative. Not on medication.

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Yatzy
Yatzy
in reply to Jooby59

You’ve said your dental hygiene is good, and I don’t want to offend, but do you sterilise your toothbrush from time to time?....I was recommended to stand the brush end in a cup of Milton and water, electric toothbrushes included, this seemed to help me with sore gums and occasional infections, along with interdental brushes and floss of course. The Milton trick seems to curtail cold viruses sometimes too....when I remember to do it!

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Jooby59
Jooby59
in reply to Yatzy

I will try that. Thanks.

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Hidden
Hidden

I rarely brush my teeth and my dentist said twice each day so now I listened and I brush my teeth every day twice sometimes three I have a whitening toothbrush and pen which works rather well you all should buy one of these so cheap only £1.50 instead of £20.00

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ShootingStars
ShootingStars
in reply to Hidden

That's great! Good dental hygiene can be preventative medicine for other health conditions because bacteria lodged in your gums and on your teeth can get into your blood stream and cause all sorts of health issues. Brush twice a day, floss once a day...helps to keep the dentist away! :-)

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ShootingStars

Hi Jooby59. Sore and swollen gums can be a product of brushing technique, What kind of toothbrush do you use and can you describe your brushing technique? Do you have any gum recession? Can you see any exposed dentin (located at gum level where your enamel meets your gums)? Do you floss? If so, how often?

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peterfromlondon

I have very sensitive gums too ! Often my teeth go on edge too !dentists say u over react !not true ! Hate going ! I'm good with cleaning my teeth ! They say oh age related im 64_!Maybe

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Ajh66

With respect people think they clean their teeth well when in fact they don't.

A dental hygienist can work out the correct oral hygiene regime for you. Also do you have any underlying health conditions eg diabetes. If a poorly controlled diabetic this with inadequate oral hygiene can exacerbate gum disease.

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Jooby59
Jooby59
in reply to Ajh66

Hi. Finally, earlier this year, I was diagnosed with leukaemia and gum problems, like mine, are a symptom. Thanks.

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Ajh66

Yes it can, health conditions can indeed affect your gums. Wishing you well with your treatment.

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Jooby59
Jooby59
in reply to Ajh66

Thank you. Have just started treatment. X

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