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      Default Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Hi guys - I'm 14, almost 15. I had braces when I was 13, and against the dentists orders (I never paid attention), she always told me to regularly floss. I never did floss, and when I got my braces off I noticed by gums became inflamed and large, they move upwards to the tooth now. I googled an image - it looks somewhat like this:



      (that's not me, just an image, my gums look somewhat like that, a little smaller)

      Sometimes I feel like just cutting them off. (even though it would probably be severly unhealthy). (no, I'm not going to cut them, don't worry lol). What can I do to make them go away? I can't stand having them.

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Firstly, brush your teeth 3 times per day, this helps keep your gums healthy!

      Secondly you should floss, this also helps get debris away from your gums and teeth.

      Thirdly, start rinsing with warm salt water after you eat or drink. The salt water will calm down irritation and speed healing.

      Fourthly, see your dentist about this inflamation, she can definatley help you with this problem!
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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      I'm pretty sure I do. Oranges all the time.

      Thanks for your reply - but just wondering - when and why should I rinse out with salt water?

      Also how long will it take for a visible change?

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Does Vegetable oil work? Or Olive Oil? Do I apply it on my gums then sleep with it or what?

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Wouldn't it be easier just to go to the dentist?

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Obviously, yes. However, I live overseas and I visit home in the US only three times a year, and my official dentist is there. I just wanted to get these gums down before I go back. They make me look horrible and they're quite frankly really annoying.

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Well, it's difficult, there's probably some tartar (calculus) under the gum margin that is causing the inflammation. If that's not removed first then there's not likely to be much improvement no matter what you do.
      You could try using a Chlorhexidine based toothpaste, pull your bottom lip down out of the way to see what you're doing and rub it well in with your finger tip to the affected area.

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      do they hurt? mine look like this but ache, i have been told to use corsydl mouthwash and salt water rinses

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      How long do you think it'd take to see a visible change?

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      Default Re: Inflamed gums (?) - how to get rid of them?

      Honestly? I don't think you will, if there's calculus there then your efforts won't make any difference. If it's going to improve you'll notice within 2-3 days.

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