Posted by: Frustrated | 2007/02/28



Dear Doc, some time last year in winter my one tooth (front) started aching and then the two beside it started aching, before I knew it my lower jaw was aching as well. When I drank cold or hot water it would be sore, I later went to a Dentist who said I had gingivitis, he prescribed some anti biotics and a mouth wash and it was all gone. Now it is starting again!!! with the same tooth and I can already feel the rest coming. My problem is that it caused me more than a thousand rands the last time (medical aid) and i'm afraid that i might exhaust my medical aid, what should I do and what causes this gingivitis and is it preventable. Please help doc

Expert's Reply


Oral health expert

Gingivitis is an inflammation of the gums usually caused by an accumulation of plaque. the symptoms you describe are unlikely to be caused by gingivitis- hot and cold sensitivity usually indicate involvment of the nerve of a specific tooth. You will need an x-ray to confirm this. Visit a state dental hospital if you cannot afford a private dentist.

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