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Gingival Problems

Gingiva serves as a barrier in protecting teeth and their supporting structures. Bacteria present in the plaque is the leading cause of gingival problems. The common gingival problems are gingivitis, periodontitis, gum recession, gum abscess, and oral cancer. The risk factors are smoking, diabetes, genetics, and nutrition deficiency. The symptoms are redness, swelling, bleeding on brushing, and receding gums. It can be treated by scaling, root planing, medications, surgery, and bone grafts.

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I am a 20-year-old male. I have white lines or patches on my gums, both below and above the teeth. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20-year-old male who does not smoke. Recently, I have noticed the presence of white lines or patches on my gums, both above and below my teeth. I am wondering if this is something I should be worried about. I am well aware that my dental health is not ideal, and I have a denta...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. It is important to understand that not all oral lesions indicate cancer. White and red lesions are relatively common. Upon examination, I have noted a substantial buildup of calculus on your teeth, along with signs of gingi...  Read Full »

I have minor gum disease. Is rinsing with saltwater enough, or should I use a mouthwash?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a minor gum disease for which the dentist recommended rinsing with saltwater in the evening after brushing. Is that right? Is it true that saltwater washes away the fluoride? Is it better to use a medicated mouthwash for one week during the day? Is brushing twice, flossing, usin...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhargav Reddy Gutha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your reports (attachments removed to protect the patients' identity) suggest that you have gum diseases and fluorosis. The findings are suggestive of generalized chronic gingivitis, dental caries, and the presence of plaque or calculus. Periodontal involvement might ...  Read Full »

My gums are squishy following COVID. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I do not have bleeding gums. My gums seem squishy, but I can not tell if it is my gums or tongue? I brush & floss regularly. I read to use peroxide, warm water, salt, or baking soda but not sure how to use it. The squishiness is driving me crazy. What can I do in the interim until ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakshana Devi M

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I will help you solve the issue. The gums may become weak and soft in case of gingivitis; though brushing and flossing are regularly done, the calculus deposits are seen and develop into gingivitis. I advise you to do scaling; scaling should be done once a year. I nee...  Read Full »

Why do I have sensitivity and gum pain upon face stretching?

Query: Hello doctor, A few months ago, I started suffering from tooth sensitivity, and one day suddenly, I noticed that it was gone. So after a few days, I tried to eat a cold jelly with pineapple. Right after I ate, my tooth pain triggered, and my tooth nerve hurt so much that it radiated into my head. I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aditi Bhatia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Firstly send some pictures and an X-ray of the concerned tooth. It is likely possible that your tooth is having reversible or irreversible pulpitis. Therefore, you should seek a physical visit and gets X-rays of the...  Read Full »

My molar is slightly wiggly. Can retainers be the cause?

Query: Hello doctor, I suspect that I have receding gums. My molar tooth is slightly wiggly but does not affect my eating at all. There is a black line (kind of denting in) on the side of my molar. I do put on retainers, but not very regularly. Could that be why my molar is shaky?   Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, you do have a little bit of gingival recession (attachment removed to protect patient identity) but it is not too much to be treated with surgical intervention. You need to replace your brush and use an ultra-soft brush. Avoid soft drinks if you are taking too much...  Read Full »

My gums bleed and are painful in spite of brushing gently. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, When I brush, my gums bleed and are painful. However, I do not brush very hard. My gums have an indentation and feel rough. I brush twice a day, floss at night, and use Listerine mouthwash. I take Ibuprofen in the morning sometimes due to a bit of mouth pain.  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the pictures attached along with your complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like trench mouth (in dental terms acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis). It is one of the common dental disease caused by bacterial infection. It i...  Read Full »

Is it a good idea to have filling material applied to receding gumline?

Query: Hello doctor, Is having a filling material applied to the gumline where it is receding a good solution? What are the risks with such a procedure? I have receding gums on three upper teeth and three lower teeth on the left. I have no pain or problems. I have all my teeth and they are generally health...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your medical history and the present complaint as well. First of all, I would like you to know that receding gums is such a normal thing to happen especially at your age. You have also mentioned that there is no pain or decay in those teeth you poin...  Read Full »

Why are teeth chipping, cracking, sensitive and sore since pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, Since I was pregnant with my 1-year-old son, my teeth have been chipping, cracking, very sensitive and very sore. I noticed even today. My gums are turning white. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Asma Parveen

Answer: Hello, Welcome to From the picture which you have sent me, what I can see is that your teeth are not in a very good condition. You are suffering from a condition called fluorosis, which is caused due to the excessive deposition of fluoride in the teeth, which ultimately leads to weaken...  Read Full »

How to treat gum swelling and bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, From two to three weeks I have been experiencing buccal bleeding. I have inflamed gingiva behind one of the upper teeth. I can sense the lump with my tongue on the gum. I went to the dentist and he told me that it was gingivitis and he gave me a special mouthwash for gingivitis. But, I do...  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The photos are not at all clear to give exact diagnosis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). You should start taking antibiotics like Amoxicillin and Metronidazole for five days to reduce the gum swelling. If you can buy medicine over-the-counter then buy t...  Read Full »

Are my gums sensitive due to my periods?

Query: Hello, My teeth have felt a bit tender for the last few days, and my gums are a bit swollen and red. Today the pain is more than usual. I suspect that my gums are inflamed, and I am experiencing tightness and pain on the right side of my mouth. The pain arises above my teeth, and there is some redne...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Please do not worry. I think this swelling is due to hormonal fluctuations, which results in an inflammatory response. It increases vasodilation (widening of the blood vessels) and results in swelling and vague pain. I...  Read Full »

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