How To Fight Swollen Gums

When plaque and tartar stick to the teeth under the gums, bacteria growths and produce chemicals and toxins that the body does not identify. The white blood cells producing by body as the result, get to area which results in gum inflammation. This is also known as gum inflammation or swollen gums.

Swollen Gums Causes

Swollen gums is quite common and may involve one area of the gums surrounding a tooth or the entire gums in the mouth. In addition, there are many causes of swollen gums that could be as minor as hypersensitivity to chewing gum, reactions to prescription medications or a popcorn kernel logged into the gums.

Swollen gums are usually caused by such medical conditions as gingivitis or gum disease, gums become red, swell and bleed easily with brushing or flossing due to plaque buildup. Other health conditions causing swollen gums may be virus infection, bad fitting dentures, malnutrition, high sensitivity to mouthwash or toothpaste, side effect of a drug such as Dilantin or phenobarbital, vitamin C deficiency or even pregnancy (1st or 2nd trimester).

Symptoms of Swollen Gums

Evident symptoms of swollen gums are of course, the swelling of the gums. Gum swelling usually starts in only one part of the upper or lower gums, and usually on the gum line where it meets the tooth. At first, it may feel like there is something stuck between the tooth and the gum, and inflammation usually spreads upwards first along the tooth to the jaw bone.

Swollen Gums in Infants and Children

Red, swollen gums that bleed when touched may be a symptom of developing a general infection around the nose and mouth if exposed to the herpes simplex virus (cold sores).

Though, swollen gums is normal during infants tooth eruption and the swollen part is usually firm. However, it is not normal if the swollen gum turns red or blue. In such case, parents must bring their children to see the dentist.

Fight Swollen Gums

If your swollen gums are caused by the gum disease attack, an right prevention method is to see a dentist regularly. Regular, proper oral hygiene and dental care will also eliminate gum disease and help to prevent further swelling of the gums.

Avoid gum irritants such as commercial mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco. For swollen gums caused by sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash, change the toothpaste brand and avoid using mouthwashes.

If you have severe gum swelling try to fight swollen gums with these tips:

1. Swishing with mouthwash or the very least with warm salt water to help clean and reduce swollen gums. Take Ibuprofen for pain control (it is a anti-inflammatory). If nothing else works, go to the emergency room if the pain is severe.

2. If the gum swelling is originated from teeth or gum with discharge of pus (infection) then start Amoxicilline 500 mg 3 time a day until you see a dentist and mouth rinse three time a daily with chlorhexidine mouth wash.

Though, self care at this point (when you have swollen gums) is not recommended and it is high time to visit a dentist and have the condition evaluated and steps taken to reverse it.

Swollen gums and pain around are warning signs of gum disease attack. Be cautious because signs of gum disease often appears in the advanced stages of it. The best now is seeking the help of a dentist. Improve your oral habits. Swollen gums left untreated cause tooth loss will eventually happen. In either case, it is best to receive a complete examination from your dentist or periodontist as soon as you experience swollen gums, bleeding while brushing or flossing or any other abnormal symptoms in your mouth.

Comments

  1. Anita says

    Hi, I had a bridge placed in my month (bridge: a false tooth in between two crowns attached together) a little over a year ago. Every since my gums around this bridge has been swollen. I told my dentist but he said he could not find anything wrong with the bridge. He told me to see a ears, nose and throat doctor…which I did but he could find any infection, etc in my sinuses. I floss and brush my teeth twice daily and floss the bridge also. Do you have any idea what the problem oould be? Thanks

  2. Mamta says

    Hi Anita, I do have the same problem.Gums around the bridge is very red and swollen ,also bleeds sometimes.
    How old is ur bridge, Mine is 6 year.I hav’nt visited doctor yet ,will reply u soon i find any cause or remedy.
    Take Good Care of oral hygine.
    Thanks,
    Mamta

  3. David says

    Hi, I found out last week that I had swollen gums. I don’t know when it came about. Also, my gums were bleeding two or three spots. My gums were slightly red in some spots, mainly in areas where the gums were swollen. Anyway, I saw a dentist yesterday who told me performed a cleaning (scaling and all. etc.)and told me to brush my gums more and floss daily. I asked him if it was serious and he told me that it wasn’t. So, I assumed I had an early stage of gingivitis. Is that correct? Also, I still have a few queries.
    - Should I be using a mouthwash? When I use Listerine, it burns in the area where the gum is swollen and had just brushed. Does that mean it is working?
    - How often should I rinse my mouth with warm salt water?
    - When I brush, my dentist told me to start at the top of the gums for the top teeth and bottom of the gums for the bottom teeth while holding a toothbrush at at 45 degree angle. Should I brush with soft strokes using a soft toothrbush or should I brush with firmer strokes?

  4. Siddharth says

    Hi,i had swollen gums from past 2 years . but now they have started to pain a lot.so now i have started to rinse my mouth with warm salt water. i would recommend to stop using any mouthwash.

  5. Kaz says

    I’ve been having terrible sore gums for a week (I have a pain with my jaw bone and ear as well), and just started taking Amoxicilline 500 mg 3 time a day which I got from a doctor. I’ve also taking a pain killer for almost every 3 hours. The pain is particularly bad when I lay down and have a hot drink. I’ve been having a periodical exam with my dentist and had X-ray for a few times, who has found nothing wrong with my teeth (I have a very sensitive tooth, therefore the dentist has recommended me to rub on some toothpaste around the tooth). The biggest problem for me at the moment is I can not sleep during night as I need a painkiller; my gums are swelling and they keep me awake.Is there any painkillers which last longer than Ibuprofen or paracetamol?

  6. adlina says

    Hi, I just realized that I had swollen gums. At first I thought I am having my new wisdom teeth but today, I can feel that the gums is already swollen. I still haven’t change color and bleed. So, I wonder if new wisdom teeth also can cause swollen gums.

  7. Josee says

    Hi Anita, I also have swollen red gums around my bridge but not anywhere else. my dentist told me it could be an allergic reaction to the material used in the bridge. they also told me it could be gum disease. I am going to see a specialist to make sure.

  8. Jenny says

    RECENTLY IVE JUST GOTTEN SWOLLEN GUMS AT MY FRONT TWO TEETH. ON THE BCk OF MY TWO FRONT TOP TEETH MY GUMS ARE WORSE. I JUST TALKED TO MY DENTIST AND MADE AN APPOINTMWNT FOR NEXT WEEK SO IVE STARTED THINKING TO BE USING MOUTH WASH TO CONTROL THE SWELLING BUT TODAY I WAS RINSING MY MOUTH AND IT BURN. SO I DONT KNOW IF THAT IS OJAY OR IF ITS NOT.I JUST WANT TO KEEP IT UNDER CONTROL TILL I SEE MY DENTIST NEXT WEEK.. WHAT DOES THIS BURING MEANIBG.

  9. Sameer Kashyap says

    I have gone through the above said problems especially I don’t know the right treatment but you can try this one this one of has no side effect but somewhere it is realy helpful to get rid from pyorrhea and some chronic problems of teeth. you just need a white salt and same quantity of alum powder mix that well and pour some drops of mustard oil make it like ointment just place it on your teeth and leave your mouth open for a while it will be out some saliva and now after 5-to-8 minuts just gargle with luke warm water, make this treat two times in a day ” in morning and after dinner in evening” your teeth problems will be cured easily fast,,,,,,,,,,,try it

    sorry for disturbed english

  10. Robyn Johnson says

    I’ve been taking DILANTIN now for about 3 years and I can’t seem to stop the minor swelling on my gums. I go to the dentist twice a year for a cleaning and check-up,I floss daily and brush twice a day with occassional mouth wash but there is just one spot that won’t stop. It isn’t painful or bleeding but I would love ANY tips on how to stop it. Please Please Please :)

  11. yanny says

    I just got swollen gums after I got Mouth Sore. The mouth sore is gone now,but I ended up having swollen gums. But unlike the others, my gums doesn’t hurt nor does it bleed. It just feels awkward for me. Do I still need to go to the dentist?

  12. alang says

    I took some dental x rays about 10 or so days ago. The X ray holder was causing me pain. I didn’t say anything because I figured the x ray was going to take just a few seconds and thats it. I held it in my mouth for around a minute and it was hurting the bottom / inside of my gums. After that, it was hurting me and I developed a bump in that area. After a few days to a week the pain went away, however the bump still remains. Is this common?? I know now that I should have told my dentist that I was uncomfortable and to give me maybe a smaller xray holder…

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