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Old 03-22-2006, 11:52 PM   #1
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why do my gums still stink?

for as long as i can remember no matter how often i floss the gunck between my teeth smells real bad!!! almost like fecal matter sorry for tmi but it does. even after a thorough dental exam/cleaning and no cavities i can literally go home floss and the floss thread still smells does anyone know why?and is this common?

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Old 03-23-2006, 08:12 PM   #2
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Re: why do my gums still stink?

I don't think that plaque and old food particles should neccesarily smell good...I would suggest flossing 2x/ day and also using Biotene mouth wash. See if that works, and if not, ask your dentist!

Old 04-01-2006, 08:55 PM   #3
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Re: why do my gums still stink?

Have you had a deep cleaning or scaling done? Have they taken xrays to check deep down for plac and tarter? Also try a water pick with cleaning wash in it. The smell is infection. Talk and tell your cleaning person about it.


Old 06-08-2006, 03:36 AM   #4
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Re: why do my gums still stink?

Have you heard the word periodontal disease from your dentist?

If you can't find Biotene, try swishing with Listerine before bedtime.

Old 06-08-2006, 05:34 AM   #5
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Re: why do my gums still stink?

Avoid Listerine and scope. The high alcohol content drys the mouth and will make the plaque even more sticky.

Food debris and coffee or smoking may cause the smell also, try getting a tongue scaper and using crest pro health rinse. I would deff have your DDS do a FULL periodontal charting to assess the tissues. Healthy gums do not have a poor odor.

Old 06-10-2006, 07:16 AM   #6
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Re: why do my gums still stink?

I agree, have an exam. You could have periodontal disease, that needs to be treated. Do you your gums bleed? There is great mouth wash called Closys II. No alcohol. CVS or Walgreens will have it. Do you see a dentist and dental hygienist regularly?

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