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Every once in a while I have an urge to press my gums hard.

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It feels good and hurts...
Every once in a while I have an urge to press my gums hard. It feels good and hurts at the same time. I'll sometimes use a toothpick and press it hard between my teeth, and it feels best if I do it at the base of a tooth. The next morning this urge goes away. What does this mean?
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Dentist: Dr. Rick, MD, Board Certified MD replied 2 years ago
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Hi. My name is***** and I am online and available to help you today. Thank you for your patience.

Question and answer is just one of the services I offer. I can also provide you with additional services, such as live telephone or skype consultation, at a small additional cost. Let me know if you are interested.

It sounds like you have a compulsive behavior issue rather then a problem with your mouth or gums.

I suggest you consult with a psychiatrist who is well versed in treating OCD.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
While I understand your answer, I was dissatisfied with it. You're opinion was short and didn't elaborate at all. While it Is debatable whether or not I have OCD, I told you in my question that the urges I described only occurred occasionally. One would think that if this was a behavioral issue, it would be occurring more regularly. I've never heard of someone with OCD lapse in their behavior. That is why it is called 'obsessive'.
Dentist: Dr. Ravoof, Doctor replied 2 years ago
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Dear customer,

Thanks for your question.

Basically there are various impulse-control disorders which are characterized by the inability to resist an intense impulse, drive, or temptation to perform a particular act that is obviously harmful to self or others, or both. For the diagnosis of these disorders one requires history-taking by a therapist that reveals several episodes of loss of control. These are a spectrum of disorders which include various impulse control disorders such as compulsive buying, self harm, or mobile phone compulsion. Hence please contact a therapist and get diagnosed accurately as the first step, later you may get behavioral therapy for the treatment and this will be beneficial to control the urge.

Take care.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Now that is a better answer. Thank you.
Dentist: Dr. Ravoof, Doctor replied 2 years ago

Dear customer,

You are welcome.

Please rate the answer with a positive rating.

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