Causes And Treatment For Swollen Gums

Healthy gums are pink in color, normally bulging around the teeth, and not painful. If your gums are abnormally swollen, you have a health problem related to your teeth or your mouth.

Swelling of the gums is usually due to inflammation. In addition to the discomfort and pain in the gums, this can lead to an abscess or even loosening of the teeth. That is why it is necessary to treat this inflammation. Fortunately, natural treatments exist.

Other common causes of swollen gums include

  • gingivitis (inflamed gums)
  • pregnancy
  • malnutrition
  • infection (fungus or virus)
  • a side effect of a medicine

Treatment for swollen and sore gum

Swollen gum around a tooth is usually due to a buildup of dental plaque, which turns into tartar and causes inflammation of the gum ( gingivitis ). Hence the importance of rigorous brushing and regular scaling to avoid these problems.

Brush your teeth, use a soft brush and toothpaste suitable for sensitive gums, and quickly consult a dentist for scaling.

Causes And Treatment For Swollen Gums
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Gum swelling is often temporary, and the discomfort and pain can be alleviated by the application of a clay poultice on the outside of the mouth at the affected area.

Swelling of the gums can also be caused by improperly positioned braces. In this case, it is best to make an appointment with your dentist so that he can reposition your device so that it is less disturbing to the gum tissue.

If you suffer from swollen gums and pain throughout your mouth, you may have periodontitis. More serious than gingivitis, it must also be treated by a professional.

As a preventive measure, if you have sensitive gums, brush your teeth regularly, with a soft brush, and avoid tobacco, as well as the consumption of drinks and sugary foods. Likewise, avoid any tongue or lip piercing.

Pregnancy promotes toothaches and problems with swollen gums, especially during the first few weeks (pregnancy gingivitis). 

So remember to adapt your brushing and toothpaste if you are pregnant, in order to avoid gingivitis. If you have sore gums when you are pregnant, avoid taking painkillers without your doctor’s advice.

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