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Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingitivitis - August 31st 2012, 08:04 AM


Okay so about a month ago I was told I had gingivitis and was given some nice little pills to make it go away, along with a new teeth cleaning plan.

This week it's come back.. I've been to the dentist but it's twice as bad this time and they won't give me any pills to settle it. My gums are so swollen my teeth are digging into my cheek on one side.

I've been taking ibuprofen and paracetamol but they've not really done anything at all.. I've also tried salt water but that only takes the edge off it for a few minutes. I'm also trying to quit smoking so it'll get better.

Will the doctor prescribe me something for the pain rather than going to the dentist?
Anyone else suffering who's got any pain relief advice?

I tried google but it's pretty crap.

Thank you.

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Re: Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingitivitis - August 31st 2012, 08:51 AM

As you're in the UK, you may wish to contact NHS Direct who can often be a great help with stuff like this. They give excellent advice, etc.

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Re: Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingitivitis - August 31st 2012, 12:30 PM


Doctors can treat this sort of stuff too and I think they're able to prescribe stronger things than what dentists can (but don't quote me on that because I'm not sure). I'd suggest phoning up as soon as possible and getting an appointment.

In the meantime I've used a mouthwash called Oraldene when my throat was sore with tonsillitis. It says on the bottle it can be used for gingivitis to relieve the pain and to help clear it so maybe give that a try in the meantime. There's also some lonzenges that may ease the pain too like Throaties or Lockets and they usually have ingredients in them that fight fungal and bacterial infections.

I hope this helps, take care!

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Re: Acute Necrotizing Ulcerative Gingitivitis - August 31st 2012, 03:09 PM

As the other two suggested, call the NHS Direct, and go to your doctor. Doctors can treat this as well with meds, though they will often suggest you see a dentist (just explain you would rather be seen by the doctor than the dentist since it came back and they didn't want to give you anything else).

Even though it might not seem to help, continue taking the Ibuprofen. Ice cold water or sucking on ice will help swelling. Placing an ice pack wrapped in a towel on your cheek where the swelling is will help reduce it as well.

This isn't the best, but some sort of oral anesthetic (orajel is one brand) can temporarily numb your mouth and ease the pain. However, it usually doesn't last long for me. Only about 30 minutes. But it is nice to get temporary relief.

Be sure to brush your teeth gently and use mouth wash regularly. Hope you get to feeling better soon!
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