inflammation of gums

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   Posted 8/30/2010 12:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I just thought I'd see if anyone else had experienced something like this. I've had a spot on my gum line that is very inflammed. I am a regular brusher (electric toothbrush - SonicCare) and flosser. I've been using Listerine at least a couple times each day. I saw my dentist/hygienist for a cleaning last week and she did an antiseptic flush (ouch!) that seemed to calm the swelling considerably for a couple of days. Now it's back to as inflammed as it was prior to the flush. They could not find anything stuck up there - like popcorn (which I hardly *ever* eat anyway). So it's not food. I get sores in my mouth sometimes - have long before Crohn's days. This is not an ulcer, just inflammation. Could this be from Crohn's too?

They said if it's not healed up completely in two weeks (1.5 weeks now) then they will refer me to an oral surgeon for a biopsy. (lovely). Anyone have any wisdom? Thanks!

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   Posted 8/30/2010 1:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Could be a lot of it directly along the gum line or on the gums in between the teeth? Does it hurt? Has it gotten bigger?

It's very possible that it's related to Crohn's. A lot of people with autoimmune disorders have problems with inflammation on the gums, especially when it's active and are extremely susceptible to plaque. I think it might be an area that you're not able to keep clean extremely well since it went away after the aseptic flush and then came back. But I'd follow up with your dentist and if he wants you get a biopsy, go for it. Just i n case it's something other then inflammation.

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   Posted 8/30/2010 1:57 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks... no it really doesn't hurt and it's not red. It's not gotten any bigger, except the day of the flush when it went down, it's stayed about the same.

It's on the inside upper row of teeth, by the front molar. I've been flossing and brushing extra and doing listerine 3 times a day in the past week or two. (I always take good care, best I can, but I've been extra clean-freak because of this...) My step-mom is a hygienist so I'm going to give her a call too.
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