My Gums Hurt
November 27, 2012 11:55 AM Subscribe
I haven't been to the dentist in four years. Yes, I know, BAD. I finally scheduled an appointment for Monday, but the gums below my lower front teeth are of sore and inflamed at the moment - which is basically what prompted me to finally get over myself and schedule the appointment. YANMDentist, but does anyone have any suggestions for what I can do between now and Monday to calm my gums down?
Background info if relevant: I am female, late 20s. I brush twice a day. I'm a very thorough brusher. My gums do not bleed when I brush my teeth. I floss whenever I remember to - maybe once every 3-4 days. I know I should floss more often. My gums sometimes bleed when I floss, but not copiously. There is no gushing of blood, just some red tinging on the floss, usually in the rear molar area, not the front teeth where my gums are sore now. I've only ever had one cavity, and that was over 15 years ago. I don't drink soda or eat craploads of candy and sugary stuff. I do drink coffee, but only 1 cup a day. I am a reformed cigarette smoker.
My last dentist was doing the root scaling/planing/deep cleaning/scraping/shoving poky things into my gums every three months or so for me because I had deep pockets in some areas. This, however, was four years ago. I know inflamed gums are usually a sign of gum disease. I am currently without dental insurance, which is why I've been so negligent all this time, but the sore gums have freaked me out enough that I'm going to bite the bullet and pay out of pocket for a checkup. How much will a dental checkup cost? Money is tight right now as I am between jobs and the unemployment check barely covers my normal bills.
Can anyone point me towards a home remedy that might soothe my gums over the next week till I can see the dentist?
I was the author of the PLANTAR WART OF DOOM question a couple of weeks ago. So now my foot hurts and my gums hurt. Figures that my body started falling apart AFTER my last contract job ended so I have no money to pay for anything. Sigh.