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Dentists Closed All Week By Blizzard & Gum Seems Infected!!

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Posted by: everso  (9 years ago)
Here in Seattle, it's all lovely and white, but every single dentist is closed and will probably remain so until Saturday!!!! Leave it to me to pick this week to desperately need dental care.

Here's the problem--the gums on my upper left hand side are swollen and tender and I can't bite down without a fair amount of pain. It seems to have started from some overzealous flossing and though the pain is controllable with lots of ibuprofen, eating is a real problem. It seems infected, but doesn't seem to be getting worse, just consistent.

It's the same kind of pain I get after I've had some rigorous gum cleaning by the hygenist with added OMG pain when I clamp down.

Is there any idea of how I can make this more tolerable until the blasted snow melts (hopefully by tomorrow, but who knows) and the dentists come back from their igloos?

THANK YOU!!!

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Here in Seattle, it's all lovely and white, but every single dentist is closed and will probably remain so until Saturday!!!! Leave it to me to pick this week to desperately need dental care.

Here's the problem--the gums on my upper left hand side are swollen and tender and I can't bite down without a fair amount of pain. It seems to have started from some overzealous flossing and though the pain is controllable with lots of ibuprofen, eating is a real problem. It seems infected, but doesn't seem to be getting worse, just consistent.

It's the same kind of pain I get after I've had some rigorous gum cleaning by the hygenist with added OMG pain when I clamp down.

Is there any idea of how I can make this more tolerable until the blasted snow melts (hopefully by tomorrow, but who knows) and the dentists come back from their igloos?

THANK YOU!!!



Rinsing with salt water might help. If you can twist the arm of an open druggist to give you a bottle of Chlorhexidine with an RX to rinse with, this might help. The problem is getting the medicine deep in a gum pocket where it is needed. You really need an irrigation syringe to do that.
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