Gum Pain - Please Help

Nov 7, 2019
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Hello all, I just wanted to follow up on a previous post of mine. Some backstory:

I woke up one morning with a bit of swelling in my gums. I started brushing a lot the day it happened thinking maybe I needed to "brush the inflammation away", I thought maybe there was something stuck under my gum. Brushing a lot has caused some of the inflammation to go away but it seems I am actually brushing away a small layer of my gum around my four or so teeth. This randomly happened overnight and never before, I'm not sure what the issue is. Here are several factors which may or may not play a roll in the issue, I hope it makes it easier for you to understand:

- The night before the swelling occurred I did have popcorn and I've heard the kernel shells could slip under the gum line and cause inflammation, I don't remember anything getting into my gum but I could be wrong
- I've always used a hard rated toothbrush, this is something I've always done and often times I feel the hard bristles do hurt my gums a bit as they glide over
- I didn't have the best dental hygiene as a kid, my gums swelled up a bit and they used to bleed a lot when I brushed. I believe this is fixed now though, not much swelling at all, gums don't bleed anymore, and I haven't heard my dentist telling me about it for a while.

My gums rarely bled when I brushed before and they still don't bleed with the inflammation, and it seems that my aggressive brushing actually somewhat ripped a layer of the gums around my teeth. I have been also gargling salt water since I've heard that apparently could kill off any bacteria or infection that could cause the gum to swell. Here is a picture of what my teeth look like:

I have woken up today and here is what my gums currently look like:
teeth 2.jpeg

Any ideas on how long this will take to heal?



Verified Dentist
Mar 18, 2018
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Most likely cause is chronic gum problem that you won't be able to solve yourself. You really need to see a gum specialist (periodontist). A general dentist is not the best person to deal with this unless they have experience in proper perio treatment.

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