Gum Pain

Pain in the soft tissue surrounding your teeth is called gum pain. The common causes of gum pain are canker sores, tooth infection, gum infection, injury, hormonal changes, sinusitis, and tooth abscess.

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My dog's claw injured my gums on the lower front teeth, and I have bleeding and pain. Should I consult a dentist?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a 18-year-old female. My dog's claw injured my gums on the lower front teeth. I have bleeding and pain. Should I consult a dentist? Will it heal faster?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi,Welcome to your gums are hanging separately like a flap, consult a dentist for suturing it. If you have only bleeding, use warm salt water gargle thrice daily for two weeks. Consult a dentist to get a prescription for painkiller tablets and dental gel for pain relief.  Read Full »

I have pain and swelling in the right molar area. What is the treatment for this?

Query: Hello doctor, Please refer the image attached which is of the right molar region. I am feeling a slight pain and swelling. What is it? Is it anything serious? What is the treatment for this? I am a non-smoker and a non-drinker.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your query and have seen the photos of your third molar region (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is a condition called as pericoronitis, that is, inflammation of the pericoronal flap that gets raised when the third molar is erup...  Read Full »

My son accidentally injured his lip, causing swollen and red gum. What should be done?

Query: Hi doctor,My toddler accidentally injured his lower lip resulting in an injury on the inner lip, resulting in a mouth sore. In addition, the tooth near the injured area now has swollen, red gum. It also easily bleeds when brushed. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The tooth may have been traumatized and loose due to the fall. It is important not to touch the tooth to allow it to heal on its own. Consult a dentist if he cries in pain. Give only soft food for two days. It may be painful at the injured site. So I suggest giving Par...  Read Full »

The area near the upper wisdom tooth is painful and is hard to touch. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, The area in the back of my palate near the upper wisdom tooth feels bony hard. The area in question suddenly feels painful and looks reddish in color on the right-hand side. The bony area has always been there on either side of my mouth, but on one side, it slightly starts to hurt especi...  Read Full »

Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hello. Welcome to I have seen the picture you have enclosed (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and the symptoms you have explained. It might be an erupting bony exostosis or a white lesion of the palate. You can follow lukewarm saltwater rinsing several times a da...  Read Full »

What is the painful red spot on my gum, despite routine flossing?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a red spot on my gum, and it is painful. I have been keeping a good flossing routine for about a week now. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I saw the attached pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity); it looks like a gingival injury caused by hot food or rough brushing technique. This can be due to the following reasons; 1) Injury due to ho...  Read Full »

My teeth are yellow, which does not go away by brushing. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, My teeth are yellow and do not get clean with brushing. They were white before but gradually got yellow. What can be done? Also, I have bleeding and painful gums.  Read Full »

Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you visit a dentist and get your teeth cleaned for gum pain and bleeding. For yellow teeth, use baking soda, salt, and lemon juice paste to brush your teeth and then use normal tooth paste. Use this paste twice a week only, and it will give you good whitening...  Read Full »

Does gum pain in wisdom tooth region indicate pericoronitis?

Query: Hi doctor, The gum over my wisdom tooth is not fully covered, and it has been hurting for hours. I think it is slowly ripping as the tooth grows. When I open my mouth, it is hurting so much. I feel difficulty while eating. When will this get cured? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl Fredrick

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the attached picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). I understand your concern. Generally, when a tooth erupts, the gum over it gives space, and the tooth emerges. But if the tooth is not positioned in a proper direction and ...  Read Full »

My 3.5-year-old daughter has a new tooth erupting behind her molars. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, My 3.5 year old daughter, has all 20 teeth. She recently got sick with four days of fever. Then, she suddenly said that her teeth hurt. She does not seem to have intense pain, and is happy and playing. But, when I asked her to point to where it hurt, she pointed on both side at the back o...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to An extra set of teeth or supernumerary teeth in toddlers is a rare finding, with less than 1% occurrence. And, that too near the molar is very rare. It can be a rare case of deciduous supernumerary teeth or an early eruption of a permanent molar tooth. Although it is t...  Read Full »

Does salt water gargling help in treating traumatic lesions of the gingiva?

Query: Hi doctor,I am having intense pain in my gums behind the bottom left molar. The pain is there since yesterday morning. I think it may have been caused by a scratch-made by the jagged edge of a potato chip. Now the whole area is paining. I am doing salt water gargling. What do I do? Kindly give your ...  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It seems to be gingival trauma due to food injury or infection. I suggest you get an OPG (orthopantomogram). Please share a picture for confirmation of the severity of the lesion so that I can suggest the best treatment.  Read Full »

What is gingivitis and how to prevent it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 64 years old with comorbidities. I have swollen gums in the area around my upper left molar. The pain is causing me discomfort, and it is the third day. My gums are painful, and perhaps it is the cause of my headache also. Can you please give me a remedy that does not include going ...  Read Full »

Dr. Charity Gaile Ortiz Santiago

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are fine despite the pandemic. If your gum is the problem, you can use Orahex mouthwash (Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Sodium Fluoride, and Zinc Chloride). It is an antibiotic mouthwash for swollen gums. You need to use it twice a day for 14 days. There is a measu...  Read Full »

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