Q. Gums feel irritated after a recent cleaning. How to manage it?

Answered by Dr. Akhil K Padmanabhan and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.


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Hello doctor,

I recently got my teeth cleaned with a water jet type cleaning, by a new hygienist. A few days later, my bottom front gums felt irritated. I took a look, and one gum looked as if it had been cut down toward root about 3 mm below the normal gum line like it was a mistake. I used a peroxide type mouthwash and declined follow up visits to the same dentist because I did not trust the experience of the hygienist. Ever since, I have been trying to treat the gums and also noticed an odor, greying area toward the root, and it has become difficult to manage the irritation. It also looks like a cavity may be present. I have attached a picture.

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Dr. Akhil K Padmanabhan


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Discontinue the use of peroxide type mouthwash, use a gum paint which could strengthen your gums. Gums may move a little downward after cleaning as the inflamed gums come back to normal size after cleaning and is normal.

However, in the photograph (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it looks like you still have inflamed gums and a consultation with a periodontist is recommended at this time.

The probable causes of inflammation may be an injury during the procedure or incomplete removal of deposits or the use of peroxide-based mouthwash.

Your gum specialist may do a thorough checkup and will be able to tell you if you require another round of cleaning.

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