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Even if you do not have wisdom teeth or an obvious flap of gingival tissue, you may have a "pocket" of tissue behind your second molars which catches debris and plaque and is prone to inflammation. This is fairly common. In addition to what you are doing it may be helpful to get some 3% hydrogen peroxide solution at the drugstore. Mix it 1 part solution with three parts water. Dip your toothbrush in the solution and gently brush the affected area. You can also rinse with it for about 20 seconds and spit out. This is quite often a remarkably helpful procedure at home to calm the inflammation. It would be wise to call and see your dentist as soon as you can for a deinitive diagnosis and treatment of your problem.
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