For a month (since my last cleaning) I have been struggling with my upper left back teeth. After yesterday, I finally gave in and called the dentist, they got me in this afternoon, covered me with several layers of lead and took an X-ray to make sure I didn't have a cavity or pocket of yuck! Nothing on pictures, so he poked around and said the gum is extremely irritated. Um, yep, that's why I called... So he found a little something and made my gums bleed and I am supposed to keep using salt water rinses and if it's not better call in 3 days. It was already a little better today before I went in but I have been going back and forth since my cleaning with nor being able to chew meat on my left side, which I didn't know is my primary carnivorous side! At least it feels a little better and not my tooth!