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Just brushed my teeth and had a bleed and realised I have a very obvious red inflamed gum above one of my front teeth. I have been warned by the dentist about gum disease in the last few visits but adopted a bit of a denial about it. Looks very real and scary now. Is it too late for me to fix this??
Foolishly I have been smoking loads lately due to stress of stbxh walking out 3 months ago. I can live without him but not my teeth and I'm so ashamed. Has anyone got anything nice to say or am I doomed??
Don't worry, penguin. Chances are you just need a good clean from the hygienist and then to start using a medicated mouthwash like Corsodyl, and interdental brushes, daily. I had this happen too (and the denial stage!) and you just need to get into your new routine as quickly as you can. Take good care of the little beggars - nothing makes me feel so rundown and decaying as issues with my teeth and gums!
You must get on top of it, although it sounds as though it's at a very reversible stage - I wound up with necrotising gingivitis, aka "trenchmouth" at one point because I was so tired and ill and my mouth just went haywire! But don't panic about the smoking - try to address things little by little. Good luck with getting shot of fags as well as ex when the time is right for you.
what if it is advanced? do I have options then? I'm really quite worried. I have had cleaning and treatment before, I have not been as vigilant as I should about keeping it up. On the plus side I chucked my fags out and the thought of losing my teeth is more worrying than the want for a cigarette.
I have an appointment tomorrow but I'm so self conscious of this red inflamed gum above my front right tooth at the moment. Also I'm too scared to eat anything.
Penguin-I recently had 3 teeth taken out (2 near the front, oh the shame ), because I haven't looked after them due to other things happening.
I'm due to go back to the dentist to discuss having a bridge fitted (there had to be a 3 month waiting gap in between teeth taken out and bridge fitted, so have felt very self conscious during this time and can't bloody wait), but in between this time, I 've found Corsodyl daily to be very effective. I also use a medium/firm toothbrush and feel my teeth are cleaner as a result.
I've had one inflamed gum before and it has gone down in a day or so - just something irritated it I guess. Wash with a nice gentle mouthwash (aloe vera one good). If you can get a water jet flosser, good it'll keep everything clean. Consult dentist if it doesn't get any better.
I can't hold a toothbrush well so once with stress got it really bad all over my gums. Saw dentist. Good news was it was fixable. Less good was NHS wouldn't cover it, but for £250 he could do loads of injections of antibiotics into the gums.
I had a phobia of dental injections, but now-MrNC lent me the money, packed me off, dentist suggested splitting it into 3 appts but agreed to do it all at once, and by the second injection it was ok - 18 all together. Problem solved, now I just see hygienist regularly.
If you've only just noticed it, though, mouthwash and hygienist will probably resolve it.