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Hi. Well, no this was the 1st time this tooth was irritated. Like I said, it's been 3 yrs. since seeing a dentist and that was for a deep gum cleaning, top and bottom. No issues since then until now. Another thing...this red, sore spot is in between the teeth.....I mean, it's on the upper gum but not exactly on top of one tooth...sort of between 2....the 3rd from the back...i guess a molar and the 4th from the back... not sure what that's called. So, I can't even tell which tooth is bad.

Do absesses cure on their own? Because this seems to be getting better...not worse. I have been doing the salt water and mouthwash and Ibuprophen. When I floss it bleeds a bit in the spot there.

Woh, about the blood poisoning....how does one know if that occurs? I am freaked out because I do have a heart valve abnormality.

Can anyone answer my other questions from my last post.

Thanks to everyone who is taking the time for me. :)
[QUOTE=Abbey32]Hi. Well, no this was the 1st time this tooth was irritated. Like I said, it's been 3 yrs. since seeing a dentist and that was for a deep gum cleaning, top and bottom. No issues since then until now. Another thing...this red, sore spot is in between the teeth.....I mean, it's on the upper gum but not exactly on top of one tooth...sort of between 2....the 3rd from the back...i guess a molar and the 4th from the back... not sure what that's called. So, I can't even tell which tooth is bad.
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From the above description, it does not sound like a tooth abscess to me.


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Do absesses cure on their own? Because this seems to be getting better...not worse. I have been doing the salt water and mouthwash and Ibuprophen. When I floss it bleeds a bit in the spot there.
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No, they definitely not! They only get worse left untreated.. So this is a good sign if you see an improvement. To me it sounds like gum irritation possibly from improper flossing.


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Woh, about the blood poisoning....how does one know if that occurs? I am freaked out because I do have a heart valve abnormality.
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I'm sorry if I scared you or anything. This complication is probably uncommon and occurs mostly in people whose immune system does not function properly or have a very bad case of abcessed teeth for a long period of time without any treatment. Before such complication occurs one would probably have systematic illness (e.g. fever, sweats, intense teeth/mouth pain, etc.).


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Can anyone answer my other questions from my last post.

Thanks to everyone who is taking the time for me. :)[/QUOTE]


I'd still recommend you see a dentist just for a checkup if you can afford it... it may not be the best decision to hide from possible diagnosis and just "hope for good" and assume everything will resolve on its on. This perception is very wrong. I don't necessarily refer to your gum issue, this might actually resolve on its own. But as a rule, teeth and gums (pain or change) are red flags and should NOT be ignored. Unlike other common pains, they are usually indicative of a problem that requires treatment. So, better safe than sorry...





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