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Swollen, painful gum round wisdom tooth - help?

Judythecat

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Can anyone help, please? Sorry if this is a bit crass to say, but just before my period each month, the gum round and behind my upper right wisdom tooth swells and is tender. I can usually resolve it with interdental brushes and brushing with a baby’s toothbrush, but this month it is actually bleeding, and really sore. I had the matching left one extracted a couple of years ago because of infection in the gum round it, and I am scared this one’s going the same way. The tooth is fully erupted, as was the left one.

Is there anything I can do to help without having to bother the dentist? Is the brushing making it worse? I am also using Corsodyl on a cotton bud round it.

I had a routine checkup at the end of January and all was well. No issues with my gums - my scores were zeros and ones, with one two between the upper right molars. My gums never normally bleed, so this is really freaking me out.

It’s a bit awkward going to the dentist with work because I teach, and I would rather not have the tooth out unless I absolutely have to. (Although the left one came out so easily I didn’t even realise she had done it!)

Thank you for reading, and I appreciate any advice.
 
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Hi,

Brushing with the baby brush and the corsodyl routine are great. I don’t have any more suggestions other than seeing a dentist for a definitive solution....
maybe just simple teeth cleaning will do the trick (rather than an extraction).
 
Gordon

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It's not unusual to have gum issues with the hormonal changes during the monthly cycle btw, quite often links to mouth ulcers and bleeding gums...
Nothing gross about a normal biological process!
 
Judythecat

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Thank you both so much for replying. It seems less angry today, so I will keep up the Corsodyl and baby brush and hopefully it will settle. I am on three month check-ups because of my atypical facial pain so am due back at the dentist on 24 April. The bleeding just scared me a bit yesterday!
 
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Hey Judy, thank you so much for asking this, I had no idea that gum problems can be connected to this. Next time when I get inflamed gums I will pay attention to what time of the month it is happening and maybe finally stop beating myself up for supposed bad oral hygiene...
 
Judythecat

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Hey Judy, thank you so much for asking this, I had no idea that gum problems can be connected to this. Next time when I get inflamed gums I will pay attention to what time of the month it is happening and maybe finally stop beating myself up for supposed bad oral hygiene...
It’s funny, I never made the connection until a colleague mentioned it, but I suppose it makes sense - pregnant women get free dental care here because the pregnancy hormones can effect their gums. I asked my dentist who confirmed it was a “thing”. Most months I know what it is and it doesn’t bother me too much. This time the bleeding frightened me.
 
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Thank you both so much for replying. It seems less angry today, so I will keep up the Corsodyl and baby brush and hopefully it will settle. I am on three month check-ups because of my atypical facial pain so am due back at the dentist on 24 April. The bleeding just scared me a bit yesterday!
Bleeding is not a good indicator whether an infection flares-up. Pain is a much better indicator.
 
Judythecat

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Bleeding is not a good indicator whether an infection flares-up. Pain is a much better indicator.
It’s not painful today, and much less swollen. I wonder if I scrubbed it too vigorously which made it painful. Usually it just gets a bit puffy and resolves with brushing.
 
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