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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Query: Hello doctor, I was just brushing my teeth, and a piece of gum fell off along my bottom front teeth. Not from the edge of the gum, though. It was further down and a small round piece. It looked white before it fell away. Now I have this random little hole in my gum. Why did this happen, and what do... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the gum looked white first and then a portion fell off then it is most probably a boil over the gum, and the membrane over it has fallen off. Do not worry, as there is nothing to worry. You can apply Chlorohexidine gel over it, and the gum will heal gradually. If it d... Read Full »
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 »
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 »
Query: Hi doctor, What are the everyday habits that could affect our teeth? I want to get some insight on how certain practices such as smoking, biting nail, opening things with the mouth, etc., affect the teeth. Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Smoking adversely affects the gum health as the gum disease becomes less apparent in smokers and they show symptoms once the condition becomes severe. Secondly, it can cause pigmentation leading to smoker's melanosis (brown to black pigmentation of gums). Other ill effe... Read Full »
Query: Hi doctor, I woke up this morning with this dried up blood in between my upper front teeth and blood comes out when I touch it. It does not hurt, and when I brush my teeth, I can see it move. I have not noticed any changes in my gums or teeth. My gums usually bleed when the bristles of my toothbrush... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have viewed the images attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like there is a deep infection in the gums in that localized area and there can also be periodontal pocket formation. As you also bleeding on brushing, it further indicates towar... Read Full »