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Sore Gums

cherylpere
cherylpere1 Year Smoke Free

Hi Community,

My husband and I have been smoke free for 4 weeks (yay) with the help of Champix. We have both got extremely sore gums, that started 2 weeks ago, it's fine until I eat something - and I have to eat to take the Champix - has anyone else experienced this?

Went to my dentist today and he said it's normal and there's no infection or anything, but there's not much they can do for the pain, we just have to ride it out :-(

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hi

I had lots of moutulcers,and a bit sore mouth.

I got lots of headache,not sure if due to stopping.I still get them 😒

it should pass soon.

its well worth it,

probably something to do with clear oxygen in blood .

you take care 😊

I did almost theee months with Champix and first couple of months were hard with the side effects especially. My pain was in my left side of chest, dull pain that came especially at night but with time it’s gone. My gums were fine. Champix did help me break a packet a day habit and although I have stopped Champix now for about a month, I haven’t had any urges to go back to smoking. Yea I did have thoughts now n then especially if I’m stressed cuz of anything or when I see people smoking around me but I have been strong so far and better off financially with 30dollars a packet a day saving sometimes even more. So definitely worth it. EAting abit More too.

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator

Welcome cherylpere, congratulations on 4 weeks smoke free, that is great, well done! :)

Its strange your dentist didn't give you some gel for the gums or recommend to rinse with warm water and salt to relieve them. Gum disease/infections and other mouth/teeth issues is a common complaint when we stop as smoking masked them. If no infection or that and your husband has it aswell, would say it could be a champix side effect. Maybe ring dentist to see if they can give you something if it doesn't ease or improve.

Looking forward to reading your progress :)

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Congrats on quitting .I suffered real bad case of bleeding gums :( .Fortunately only for the first 2 months after quitting .

I used to rinse my mouth with salty warm water repeatedly and every day for inflammation and I think that helped me a lot .

Also once or twice a week I brushed with peroxide just to prevent infection. After second month everything got much easier .

1 year ago I also quit with Chantix and I’m very happy I did

Keep it up 🦋

markjoes
markjoes1 Year Smoke Free

This is completely normal. Smoking masks the underlying issues you have with your gums, which were probably caused by smoking in the first place. When you quit your gums get more oxygenated blood than when you smoke (which starves them of this oxygenated blood.. apparently - which my dentist told me). For the first few months after quitting I had issues with my gums occassionally. I found when flossing they would bleed quite badly. I'm pleased to say I don't have these issue any longer. I found corsodyl really helped, also a regimented routine of flossing, brushing and using interdental brushes morning and night.

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator in reply to markjoes

Good to hear from you markjoes - hope you are keeping well?

markjoes
markjoes1 Year Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

Very well thanks Roisin. Not that far away from 1 year :)

Hope you are well also?

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator in reply to markjoes

Looking forward to having you with us in the Penthouse markjoes - I'm grand thanks, working away and heading towards 3 years smoke free in September :O

markjoes
markjoes1 Year Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

That's amazing Roison, 3 years.. must seem a distant memory now. Where are you working?

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator in reply to markjoes

New job as a chef in a local nursing home, complete change of career but doing something I love

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator

1 month today cherylpere - hope you have a wee treat lined up and the gums have improved?

cherylpere
cherylpere1 Year Smoke Free in reply to RoisinO1

Thank you so much! Yes the gums have definitely improved, and I used the money I would have usually spent on cigarettes to get my hair and nails done :-) thanks so much for the support!!!

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator in reply to cherylpere

Good to read, keep up the treats to yourself :)

RoisinO1
RoisinO1Administrator in reply to RoisinO1

50 days today cherylpere - how are you getting on now?

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