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Pain a week after deep cleaning

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Posted by: aimeeault  (4 years ago)
I had a recent dental exam where I was found to have a few 4s and one 5 in my back molars. Front teeth were all 2s and 3s. My dentist recommended a deep cleaning and I had that done about a week ago...

But now, whenever I floss, my lower front gums get very, very sore afterwards. Rinsing with the "gum and teeth tonic" they gave me (not an antibiotic rinse, just some all-natural solution with oils in it) relieves it some and popping an ibuprofen definitely helps and the pain is gone within half an hour and doesn't come back until I floss again. There's no bleeding and brushing it doesn't hurt at all. My gums everywhere else in my mouth feel totally OK and don't get sore when flossing like this one area does.

It's weird because I was measuring 2/3 there before the cleaning. I've tried going more gentle with the flossing but no luck... is this normal? What's going on?
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I had a recent dental exam where I was found to have a few 4s and one 5 in my back molars. Front teeth were all 2s and 3s. My dentist recommended a deep cleaning and I had that done about a week ago...

But now, whenever I floss, my lower front gums get very, very sore afterwards. Rinsing with the "gum and teeth tonic" they gave me (not an antibiotic rinse, just some all-natural solution with oils in it) relieves it some and popping an ibuprofen definitely helps and the pain is gone within half an hour and doesn't come back until I floss again. There's no bleeding and brushing it doesn't hurt at all. My gums everywhere else in my mouth feel totally OK and don't get sore when flossing like this one area does.

It's weird because I was measuring 2/3 there before the cleaning. I've tried going more gentle with the flossing but no luck... is this normal? What's going on?


Yes, it is very unusual. The possibility is the trauma of a clinic cause ulcers on your front gums that are very painful. These are more common on patients who sometimes have cold sores on their lips. It is caused by the Herpes virus. If this is the cause, it will resolve in about 10 days.

If this isn't it, I would have to examine you further before another diagnosis. It is very strange that it occurs when flossing. I hate to tell a patient this, but knock off the flossing for a few days and see if you get any relief.
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