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Sore gums

For over a year I have been experiencing sore and sometimes inflamed and swollen gums.  I have seen both my dentist and hygienist and we have been unable to solve the problem or what is causing it.  The pain is now there more often than not now, whereas before it was intermittent.  I have not managed to pin point what may cause the symptoms.

I eat a balanced and generally healthy diet and am sure that I am getting the required vitamins and minerals from my diet, I do however take a multi vitamin and mineral supplement in case I do have some deficiency.  I also have courses or intramuscular Vitamin B12 and B Complex injections from time to time.

I have tried cutting out various diet/drink items for a period to see if the symptoms go, but no change has been noticed.  I enjoy hot food so often have Tabasco and other chilli type sauces. leaving these out for 10 days did nothing.  Stopping alcohol intake for a similar period also made no difference.

I also take the following medications for GERD and hypertension on a daily basis: -

Omeprazole - 20mg tablet daily
Presartan - Losartan Potassium 50 mg tablet daily
2 and a half years ago I had Hepatitis A.  I now also take 2 herbal Milkthislte/Dandelion capsules daily which is supposedly good for the liver

Omeprazole can have a side effect of causing sore gums.  My doctor tried prescribing other GERD medicines.  I tried 3 others and this made no difference to the sore gums.

Does anyone have any advice, knowledge or suggestions on my problem of sore gums.

Many  thanks
Dave
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Hi,
Do you have periodontal pocketing?  If so, fluid can get down into the pockets and transfer pain via the tooth dentin.

If your dentist has checked your gums and teeth, try flossing with small dental brushes or piks.  Be sure to use your regular floss, too.  This will help remove any fluid or tartar build up from between your teeth which can be VERY irritating to the gum and cause a tremendous amount of pain.

I had the same thing on one side and was sure it was just one tooth.  My dentist xrayed it over a period of four months and the tooth was fine.  But oh, my!  My jaw and gums ached and felt swollen.

I started to use toothpaste for sensitive teeth and dental piks between my teeth ("The Doctor's" makes a great one).  Within about two weeks the pain was greatly diminished and after about four weeks completely gone!
This was after over a year with severe jaw and gum pain, too.  

Seriously, I was amazed!  Please just give this a try.  It may solve your problem.  Try flossing your teeth with regular floss in the morning after when you brush.  Then get the dental piks and use those at night right before you brush.  Use the toothpaste for sensitive teeth and you can even rub a small amount on the gumline and leave it there.  

Sometimes the answer is just a simple one.  I really hope this helps you.  Please give it a chance for a few weeks.  

GOOD LUCK, and let us know how you are doing.
My very best to you,
Gellia

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Dear Gellia

Thank you indeed for this reply. I am sorry I had not replied earlier and came across your comments again today.

I know what you mean about the flossing and the dental picks - my hygienist had also suggested the same thing and I have tried the picks - but also have not had an improvement.

I will persevere. Many thanks for your input and I wish you well for 2012.

Best regards

Dave
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Losartan is causing the gingivitis.
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Losartan is causing the gingivitis.
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