Managing Swollen Gums Is Possible with the Right Oral Hygiene Routine
Posted on 4/25/2020 by Keith Boenning, DDS
Maintaining healthy gums is an important part of your oral hygiene. Our gums are constructed from strong, pink colored tissues that cover our entire jaw line and bone. The tissue in your gums is dense, full of fibroids, capillaries. If you find that you are experiencing swollen gums that make your mouth stick out or bulge, then you may have an issue where your tooth and gum meet. Your gums might even become a bright red color instead of pink and may be swollen enough to conceal some or parts of your teeth. If you notice sensitive or even painful gums when brushing or flossing, read on to find out how to not only treat swollen gums, but take preventative measures to avoid developing more serious health problems.
Treating Swollen Gums
Being pregnant, tooth loss, gingivitis or infection and malnutrition are all causes of swollen gums. If you have been experiencing symptoms for more than two weeks, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with one of our dentists, who will invite you in for a consultation and exam where they might perform a full x-ray of your mouth.
Depending on what is causing your gums to swell, we may prescribe a medical rinse for your mouth that will work on preventing a build up of plaque and gingivitis. We may also make a recommendation for a new toothpaste. In more severe cases, we may even prescribe antibiotics, or recommend oral surgery, but only if absolutely necessary. If surgery is not feasible, there are other ways to remove diseased parts of your gum through treatment options such as root planning or scaling, where our dentist will work to remove any dental plaque buildup, and other deficiencies on the roots of your teeth to allow your gums an opportunity to rejuvenate and heal.
Preventing Swollen Gums
Aside from coming into our office, eating a healthy diet and keeping a daily oral hygiene will help to prevent swollen gums on your own. Brush your teeth and floss on a consistent basis, especially after you eat. Visit our office at least every six months for a proper cleaning. If you are experiencing dry mouth along with swollen gums, you might be a candidate for plaque and tartar treatment. Talk to our dentists today for ways to help until you can come into our office.