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Old 03-21-2006, 02:04 PM   #1
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Lower gums very sore and bright red

Hi everyone,

I have recently encountered a problem with my lower gums that started at the beginning of this month. Whenever I drink anything mildly acidic such as orange juice I have a very painful burning sensation in my lower gumline. I noticed after a few days that my lower gums were turning bright red, however the upper gums did not change from their normal pink look. I feel that this is getting worse, and I worry that I may have some kind of gum disease. I have been using the Sonicare toothbrush since the beginning of January, and have followed its instructions on placing the brush at a 45 degree angle to the gumline and teeth. I know I am not brush terribly hard against the gums, but with all they hype about the Sonicare being such a great toothbrush, I wonder why I am encountering dental problems such as this now that I am using it!

I am really worried... I even started using Listerine mouthwash this week to see if it has any effect, since I know that it can help destroy a lot of the bacteria that form in microecosystems along the gums. The acidity is so unbearable that I can't even keep it in my mouth for the full 30 seconds! I know I need to see a dentist to get a complete and factual response, but I am currently away from home doing an internship in Wisconsin from January 06 - June 06, and it will be extremely inconvenient seeking out a new dentist here.

My question: Has anyone had the same problem that I have described before? And if so, what have you done on your own to fix or relieve the pain of having sensitive/sore gums?

Thank you kindly in advance for your response!!!

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Old 03-21-2006, 03:54 PM   #2
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Re: Lower gums very sore and bright red

When is the last time you had a good cleaning of your teeth??

I had not had my teeth cleaned in about 20 years(no kidding) and I just got my first qaudrant done yesterday under novacaine. What a wonderful feeling!! My lower gums are a nice coral pink and no more pain. I am scheduled to have the last three quadrants done in two weeks.

You need to see a dentist for a thorough evaluation. It will make you feel 100% better

Good luck

Old 03-22-2006, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Lower gums very sore and bright red

I usually have my teeth cleaned every six months, but since I am away from home it has been quite some time. I will search for a dentist. For now maybe I should stop using the Sonicare toothbrush. Thanks for the input!

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