Gum Problems


What are Swollen Gums and What Are the Causes?

Swollen gums are gums that are inflamed. This can be the start of symptoms of several oral health issues. Swollen gums are easy to treat as long as the problem isn’t ignored because then a serious problem can arise. Before answering the question of how swollen gums can be treated, first, you need to ask yourself how did the problem occur? This is the key to finding out what to do next in terms of treatment options. Here are a few issues that can cause swollen gums:

Abscessed Tooth:

An abscessed tooth is defined as an oral infection that is in or near the root of a certain tooth. A tooth abscess may or may not hurt depending on the soft tissue in the tooth starting to decay gradually. Where do swollen gums fit into this category? Swollen gums can be experienced along with soreness of the bone of the tooth. The soreness may come as an ache. This may seem severe but once you realize what is happening, go see a dentist. The dentist can treat the abscess with a root canal.


Plaque and Gum Disease:

Plaque and gum disease can come about because our mouths are full of bacteria, mucus, and food particles which make plaque emerge constantly. Bacteria can easily live in these conditions and plaque is the perfect home for these types of bacteria. Plaque does not have a color and it is sticky and can stick to teeth. Plaque can damage the enamel by eating away at it over time. Usually brushing your teeth brushing every day can get rid of most of the plaque but it doesn’t get rid of all of it. The leftover plaque that is not removed from brushing becomes hard and it turns into tartar. Once plaque turns into tartar only a dental professional that clean your teeth can remove it. If plaque and tartar stay on the teeth without Dental intervention more and more bacteria can live there and multiply. This can lead to gum disease that has progressed to an advanced stage. The advanced gum disease stages are gingivitis and periodontitis. 


Gingivitis is a gum disease, but it is milder than periodontitis. A major sign of gingivitis is swollen gums. If your gums swell or bleed easily than this is a major sign of gingivitis as well. Gingivitis is an advanced stage of gum disease, but it can be reversed by daily habits of brushing your teeth regularly, dental cleanings and routine dental visits. 


Periodontitis occurs when gingivitis has not been treated and it becomes further advanced. Just like gingivitis, periodontists have the symptoms of swelling gums. Swelling gums is usually the first sign of periodontitis. Another symptom is when gums pull away from the teeth and form pockets. When gums pull away from the teeth is known as receding gums. The receding gums form pockets that sit low in the mouth. If left untreated these pockets can make way for more bacteria to live in there as well as the development of infections. Receding gums that form pockets could speed up the teeth decaying process resulting in teeth removal. This is why it is so important to maintain your teeth and gum health. Let your dentist know if any problems occur whether it starts off as something small or is a cause for concern. 

Sometimes the stresses of life can lead us to neglect our oral hygiene and sometimes you just simply let your oral health go. Abscesses in teeth in other gum diseases can be prevented easily if you just maintain your good oral hygiene. If you neglect your oral hygiene do not feel bad because even those who brush and floss every day religiously still experience these problems. These problems are common and can be fixed under the advisory of a dental specialist. The problem generally results from food that has not been brushed or pitch off by cleanings overtime which can lead to swollen gums bleeding gums persistent bad breath (halitosis) and loose teeth.


 What matters most is how you deal with the issue. Ask your dentist or specialist about how you can achieve good oral hygiene and ask about a routine in place to get started. Be sure to visit the dentist every 6 months as a routine these visits guarantee that gum disease is at bay and that plaque and tartar are regularly removed. It also helps to detect in the early stages if there are any other dental problems that you may have.

Swollen gums can be due to mild cases or it could be your body’s way of alerting you that your teeth need more attention. Swollen gums can always be treated by a dentist or dental specialist. While it is a cause for concern, swollen gums are usually not that big of a deal as long as you get the dental treatment you need early as soon as it happens without hesitation. It is not a good idea to ignore swelling gums or bleeding gums. Brushing your teeth daily, visiting with a dentist on a regular basis and maintaining good oral hygiene can ensure that swollen gums do not happen. Learn more about our dental services and consultations by visiting our location.


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