I have a weird problem and I’m not sure if it’s best to see a dentist or a doctor. My gums, on the teeth next to my front teeth, ache and itch at the same time. I’ve had a cold, so I don’t know if that’s related to it. Is it best to see a doctor or dentist?
Donna M. – Ohio
That’s a great question. There is not really a right or wrong here. It would be medical or dental. A cold can inflame your sinuses which are near the area you’re describing, which can mimic a tooth problem.
Here’s what I’d recommend. If you’re due for a cleaning or are prone to decay and tooth infections, it would be best to see the dentist first. Then you can eliminate any issues that could blow up on you. It will also give you peace of mind.
However, If your cleanings are up to date and you had no problems at the check-up, it might be better to see the doctor first.
Alternately, if it was just a cold and you’re not running a fever, you could just give it a few days to see if it’s just a sinus flare up. It may go away on its own.
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