Gum Disease

Gum diseases are most commonly caused by improper maintenance of oral hygiene, which results in overgrowth of bacteria and inflammation. Inflammation of the gums is called gingivitis. If left untreated, the infection can spread, or infection from the tooth can result in gum abscess or periodontitis.

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I have dark grayish colored patches on my upper four teeth. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 24 year old female, and I have dark grayish colored patches on the crown of my four upper teeth along the gum line. I can send pictures if you want. Is it periodontitis? I am very scared.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. The dark gray colored deposits on your teeth is a part of the subgingival calculus. That means, the deposits started long back and irritated the gingiva. The slight bleeding from gums made it stained. This is not periodontitis. But, it is the sta...  Read Full »

Can miscarriage cause problems in oral health?

Query: Hi doctor, I heard something yesterday, and I wanted to know if it is possible. Can having a miscarriage cause your teeth to fall out? What effects will it cause on your body? And how will it reflect on dental health? Thank you for your time.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, miscarriage does not directly cause dental problems, but hormonal changes do. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause gums to swell and enlarge with increased probability of gum and periodontal diseases. So, hormonal changes can be a culprit. If someone suffe...  Read Full »

Why are my gums bleeding during and after brushing the teeth?

Query: Hi doctor,I have been having bleeding gums for two weeks while brushing my teeth, and today there was bleeding a few hours later. What could this indicate? Are there any medications necessary to help? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Disha Kandi Yermal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and attachment (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). From the attachment it is noticable that there is gingival inflammation and localized periodontitis. In a particular area there is recession and inflammation of pe...  Read Full »

Does orthodontic treatment cause loose and bleeding gums?

Query: Hi doctor,The gum in front of my central incisors is loose. Unlike the gums of the other area, it can separate from the teeth if I touch it with a brush. After my braces, the central incisors of my lower jaw keep bleeding and is very smelly. My orthodontist told me that I have bleeding gums. The foo...  Read Full »


Dr. Nisha Ashokkumar Agrawal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query, and I am concerned about the same. As per your complaints and the picture you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), you need professional cleaning by the dentist called scaling. After scaling and removing the irritants...  Read Full »

The gums of my lower jaw are pale pink. Is this normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I do not know if I have gingivitis. The gums of my front teeth in the lower jaw have a small hint of pale pink. But, on the right side, it shows a hint of a darker pink. Also, my teeth look larger on the back side. Is that normal? Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read through your complaint and the relevant details.You sound absolutely fine. The normal color of the gums is coral pink, and there will also be some random distribution of dark shades over the gums sometimes even brownish.The dark colour is nothing but melanin p...  Read Full »

Is surgery required for a gum infection?

Query: Hello doctor, For two months, I have been having a bad mouth odor. From last month, I am noticing bleeding from my gums. I had visited a dentist a few days back for these problems. In the initial checkup, he told me about the gum infection. The doctor also took an x-ray. He suggested me to undergo...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. First and foremost, get an oral prophylaxis (cleaning of the teeth) done. Increase intake of vitamin C in your diet. Massage your gums with G32 tablet twice daily. Take two tablets and crush it in your palm. For the upper jaw, massage downwards and for the lower jaw massa...  Read Full »

Why do I have pain and swelling in my gums?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain and swelling in gums and sometimes bleeding as well.  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please do not worry. Thank you very much for sending pictures and for making my diagnosis clear. See, it is gingivitis along with a traumatic ulcer. Gingivitis is due to the accumulation of plaque and while the ulcer is due to hot food inhalation. I am prescribing some...  Read Full »

Can fixed retainers be worn during scaling and root planing treatment?

Query: Hi doctor, I have just been told that I have gum disease and 3 mm to 6 mm pockets. And, my wisdom teeth have 8 mm pocket. I have braces on now and I am due to have them off next month. I need to get scaling and root planing treatment to treat my gum problems. Can I still wear a fixed retainer? I r...  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, you can wear your fixed retainer without any problem. Also, you have to make sure that you use your removable retainer also for the next two to three years without any break. When you have periodontal problems, there is a high chance of spaces opening up between teet...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for gum disease with receding gums and bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the dentist recently and they told me I have gum disease and receding gums but there is no damage to my teeth or bone so I just have to improve my brushing. Since then I have taken their advice but my gums still bleed, my whole mouth is sensitive and I have noticed my teeth ...  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, I can make out from x-ray and picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity), it is gum disease for obvious. Your lower front teeth have grown gingival inflammation better called gingivitis. Gingivitis needs to be treated by a procedure called gingivecto...  Read Full »

How can bad breath with gum disease be cured?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a very personal and sensitive issue. I have horrible breath. I do have gum disease but my cleaning which consists of flossing several times a day, using a miniature brush to brush between teeth, and using tongue scrapper several times a day (I occasionally oil pull as well). Ca...  Read Full »


Dr. Alka

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query. See the main cause behind bad odor from mouth is due to bacteria present in mouth. There are present several bacteria in our mouth. The bacteria when come in contact with food particles release sulfur compounds which ultimately cause bad brea...  Read Full »

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