Swollen gums can be painful and irritating. If you notice your gums are irritated, or you have pain around the gum tissue when you brush or floss, you may have gingivitis. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and many people don’t even know they have it. If gingivitis is left untreated, this condition can lead to periodontitis or tooth loss.
Gingivitis is caused by poor oral hygiene where plaque and bacteria collect around the gums and teeth. The plaque becomes tartar, and brushing and flossing cannot remove it easily. Seeking professional advice can help to ensure the condition does not become worse. At Arlington Endodontics, we care about your oral health and offer many services to treat swollen gums. Our team will ensure you are seen promptly, and we will develop a customized treatment plan that works for you.
What Else Can Cause Swollen Gums?
Other causes of swollen gums are malnutrition, pregnancy, or infection. When you are pregnant, hormones produce increased blood flow to the gums, and this can cause the gums to become irritated and swollen. Malnutrition is when you are deficient in vitamins, and this can cause gum swelling. Infection is another common cause of gum swelling, and any pain or discomfort around the gums should be treated as soon as possible.
What Treatments Can Help Swollen Gums?
If you have swollen gums that do not seem to go away, you should see a professional and call our office. Your mouth should be examined, and depending on the cause of your swollen gums will determine what treatment is recommended. In many cases, oral rinses can help with gingivitis and help to reduce plaque around the teeth. If the case is severe, antibiotics may be prescribed to help clear up any infection. Other treatments include scaling and root planing to clean underneath the gums thoroughly, or laser gum surgery to remove the infected tissue and repair the gums.
What Can I Do at Home To Help Swollen Gums?
- Brush and floss daily with a soft bristle brush.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water to help rinse away bacteria and plaque.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water to help rinse away bacteria.
- Avoid alcohol and tobacco products.
- A cold or warm compress can be placed on the mouth area to help reduce pain and swelling.
The best way to prevent swollen gums is to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brushing and flossing each day is extremely important, and visiting your dentist for your regular exam and cleaning at least twice a year can help keep your teeth and mouth feeling great. Never leave swollen gums untreated. Seek professional care as soon as you notice unusual swelling or irritation, and our team can help address the issue and get you on the road to recovery.
Interested in Finding Out More About Treatment for Swollen Gums?
If you would like to find out more about treatment for swollen gums or would like to schedule an appointment with us, contact Arlington Endodontics. Our doctors have years of experience in treating gum disease and always provide exceptional care. Let our team help you take control of your oral health by contacting us today.
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