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Gum Receding Between Two Teeth, What To Do?

The gum between two of my back teeth has been painfully inflamed since Friday, and in attempting to address it today I discovered that there's a rather sizable divot between the teeth that I can see when I use floss to push the infected gum down. I'm too young to have receding gums. My dentist is on vacation until my appointment with him next Thursday. What can/should I do in the interim? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Dec 1, 2014 - 15 answers

Non-homeopathic, safe, effective teething relief?

We're looking for some proven, effective relief for our 4-month-old's gums as her teeth come in. It seems like it's impossible to find something that is both medically legitimate and doesn't contain benzocaine. We're open to herbal remedies if they're supported by more than anecdote, but we are not interested in homeopathy for our child. Any recommendations? [more inside]
posted by The Winsome Parker Lewis on Oct 12, 2014 - 28 answers

To blot or not to blot: that is the question.

Has anyone tried cleaning their teeth with the Dr Phillips Blotting Technique? [more inside]
posted by essexjan on Jun 29, 2014 - 3 answers

It's time to do this once and for all

So, for a variety of reasons, I was never very good about my dental care regimen. This has come to mean that, at 24, I have one cracked tooth, two chipped ones covered with veneers, two that have been pulled, a mouth full of cavities, gum disease and on-and-off pain in different teeth. I'm so tired of this. I know it's horrible to think this way, but the more time that passes, the less I feel like even brushing my teeth ( I only do it when I have to go out at this point). The guilt and anxiety are wrecking me psychologically as is the constant threat of intractable pain. I've tried to get things done the usual way- one appointment/procedure at a time, when I could afford it and had the emotional fortitude to go through with them. The problem is that my last two or three appointments- for root canals and fillings- have gone terribly. The anaesthetic never, ever worked, even after multiple injections, and even with nitrous. My last visit for a root canal was the first time I ever had the distinct displeasure of knowing what a drill on one's nerve feels like. I now shudder at the mere sound of a drill or anything that sounds like it. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Jun 6, 2014 - 13 answers

How to fix my gums

My gums appear to be falling apart. Is there ANYTHING I can do about them before I get scolded by my dentist? Tell me about the time you fixed your gums on your own. [more inside]
posted by windbox on Aug 15, 2012 - 55 answers

Give me your old wive's tales about dental health, please.

Please share your wingnut advice about healthy teeth and gums. [more inside]
posted by The corpse in the library on Jun 4, 2012 - 32 answers

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum.

I've got a tooth sticking out the top of my gum. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 3, 2011 - 19 answers

Cheeky Dentist

My new dentist recommended I get buccal fillings and I'd like to know more about this as I have several teeth affected. [more inside]
posted by hoppytoad on Mar 13, 2011 - 5 answers

What can I do about my teeth?

I don't like my teeth. They're too small, gappy, transparent at the edges and gummy. What's to be done? Veneers don't sound great, braces wouldn't fix everything. Suggestions?
posted by fernbritton on Dec 4, 2010 - 12 answers

Help me keep my teeth in my head

Can anyone recommend a good periodontist in the Boston Metro area? [more inside]
posted by IzzeYum on Jun 29, 2010 - 4 answers

The vet told me I got a lemon of a cat. A sweet lemon, but a lemon nontheless.

Is my vet pulling my leg? Can a cat be allergic to her own saliva? [more inside]
posted by cgg on Mar 12, 2010 - 12 answers

Help my gum sockets stop itching (or at least itch a bit less)

How can I calm my itchy wisdom tooth sockets? [more inside]
posted by NikitaNikita on Feb 19, 2009 - 10 answers

Teeth questions

Question about gum bone grafting and dentures. [more inside]
posted by reformedjerk on Dec 18, 2008 - 2 answers

My gums!

What is going on with my teeth / gums (very disgusting stuff inside)? If you, like me, do not like to hear or see sensitive parts of the body going wrong, please do not read this question. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 16, 2008 - 15 answers

How often do cats need teeth cleaning?

Do our mostly-indoors, otherwise healthy cats really need to have their teeth cleaned at the vet's once a year? [more inside]
posted by Asparagirl on Dec 27, 2007 - 19 answers

Help! Must I get to the dentist NOW?

I have an inflammation in my gum plus what looks like popcorn sort of stuck inside... [more inside]
posted by sweetkid on Jun 29, 2007 - 18 answers

How to combat receding gums?

Help! My teeth are just fine, but my gums seem to be receding. I can't see my dentist for three months. What can I do in the meantime?
posted by krisken on Jun 25, 2007 - 22 answers

Hydrofloss? Does it work?

Does Hydrofloss work? http://www.hydrofloss.com/ I had a Braun Oxyjet irrigator which I loved. it died and they don't sell them anymore except as part of a whole Braun system. I have a Sonic Care and am happy with that. I guess I am hesitant to spend $70-90 on something that says magnet change the polarity of the water. 45% more plaque reduction than Waterpik. Anybody know anything about these? [more inside]
posted by thinktwice on Apr 24, 2007 - 11 answers

Suggested treatment for bone loss in mouth, what is "scaling"?

PeriodontistryFilter: My dentist tells me that I have some pretty severe bone loss around my upper molars and that I need to have a consult with a periodontist to discuss "scaling". What is this and how much does it hurt? [more inside]
posted by Tommy Gnosis on Mar 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Gum and bear it?

My tooth doc suddenly urges me to get a frenectomy. Cause for suspicion? I like my dentist, who's skillful and friendly, but sometimes I get the feeling he's a bit too enamored of getting the latest gizmos and practicing trendy procedures. [more inside]
posted by rob511 on Feb 7, 2007 - 14 answers

Proper gum-brushing technique?

ToothFilter: What's the proper importance of brushing your gums? Surprinsingly, there's - [more inside]
posted by grapefruitmoon on Jan 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Toothpaste quandary

What toothpaste is the best for the health of my teeth and gums? [more inside]
posted by riffola on Dec 7, 2005 - 42 answers

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