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Gum problems

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  • Posted By: Revan46
  • January 15, 2009
  • 08:20 PM

So my gums are slightly red, and just below one of my teeth is a piece of skin that when brushing it kinda comes back and bleeds....Yet there is still actual gum behind the little "dot" as I call it. Any suggestions? So you know I do have gingivitis, and I'm really brushing all the time, but I was just curious.

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  • Can you take a photo and post it here? :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 08:45 PM
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  • http://img149.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture36uh5.jpgHere it is...It's below the middle left tooth.
    Revan46 9 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 09:44 PM
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  • I am sorry, but I don’t see anything below your 31. Do you mean your left side? Can you take a better picture? You have gingivitis and your teeth are a bit crowded, you need to use dental floss. :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 10:17 PM
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  • come on; they need a dentist and probably scaling with a referral to a periodontist for evaluation for a skin graft/periodontal disease. $$$
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 15, 2009
    • 10:28 PM
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  • I have observed the photo and see the small avulsion that you are describing. Small flaps of gingival tissue like this tend to heal at the borders and consequently take on characteristics similar to a skin tag. The fact that it also exists at the border of the gum and enamel places it at direct exposure to trauma by a tooth brush on a daily basis, particularly if you favor a medium or hard bristle brush. I've observed these circumstances in several instances where dental picks are used to exercise at-home plaque removal, a technique that can require some finesse to avoid injury to tissues in most instances and the avoidance of over-cleaning with such instruments. While there appears to be some irritation evident at several areas, the tissue doesn't appear to be edematous and I would question whether over-cleaning your teeth might represent a causal factor here. If I'm not mistaken, you're the young fellow who posted about another concern and openly revealed a tendency toward hypochondrial features. It's important to exercise good health practices, but too much of a good thing can have consequences. Gently brushing and flossing after meals and the avoidance of caustic mouth rinses, together with a visit to your dentist every six months or so typically produces good oral health. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
    JCottleMD 580 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 01:54 AM
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  • well, that's a lot cheaper..
    Monsterlove 2921 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 05:46 AM
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  • Thanks J. I believe I actually have a dental appointment near the end of this month anyway. So I'll ask there. :)
    Revan46 9 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 07:18 AM
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  • Paradonthosis?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • January 16, 2009
    • 09:25 AM
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