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Q. I got a teeth cleaning done,but the inflammation is still there. What do I do?

Answered by
Dr. Naveen Thomas
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Aug 28, 2015 and last reviewed on: Feb 02, 2019

Hello doctor,

I got a teeth cleaning done, but the inflammation is still there. The dentist said that I need to get treated for a receding gum line through surgery. She said it was due to brushing hard and asked me to switch to a soft bristle toothbrush and sensodyne toothpaste. I am also awaiting some fillings. I already have a temporary filling which as fallen out and the hole seems to be too big. Please advice.

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Dentistry Endodontist Paediatric Dentistry Periodontist


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Use warm saline gargling daily at least 2 or 3 times, for two weeks. This will help in reducing the inflammation and help in preventing further recession of gum line.

Also if you can get Betadine gargle for rinsing then it would be much better, this would be of great help in case of severe periodontitis (gum inflammation and receding gums).

Use sensodyne toothbrush (as suggested by your treating dentist) which have very soft bristles in an upward and downward motion only. Do not scrub the toothbrush over gingiva (gums) as it may cause further recession of the gum line. If the recession is severe then it may require flap surgery, still, the receded gingiva can never be brought back but a further recession can be avoided.

You need to get that filling done as early as possible or it may result in infection of the tooth root.

The Probable causes:

The receding gums might be due to:
1. Faulty brushing habit.
2. Calculus deposition.
3. Poor oral hygiene.

Investigations to be done:

Intraoral x-ray of the affected area.

Treatment plan:

Use of saline gargle, betadine gargle, flap surgery and antibiotics if required.

Preventive measures:

Follow proper brushing technique with soft toothbrush.

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