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Gum Diseases

Sores on gums

01/16/2008

Question:

For the last few weeks, I`ve been getting one sore after another on my gums (where the gum meets the tooth). Why do I keep getting these sores on my gums?

Answer:

Are you using a new toothpaste/toothbrush? It may be traumatizing gum line.

These types of sores (if they start with little vesicles and burst out and leave little ulcers) can be due secondary herpes lesions.

You may be carrier and when your immune system is down it may become activated and cause these lesions.

But it sounds more like trauma from brushing or too abrasive toothpaste. Please see a dentist if you are still experiencing the same problem.

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Response by:

Binnaz   Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD Binnaz Leblebicioglu, DDS, MS, PhD
Associate Professor of Periodontology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University