Gum swelling occurs for variegated reasons. Sometimes, it can be as simple as food, floss, or other debris stuck between your tooth and gums. Swollen gums can also be an early indicator of gum disease. If you’re developing gum disease, you risk a tooth becoming loose as your gums recede further.
Gum swelling may also be a sign of an abscessed tooth. This occurs when decay forms a cavity that causes bacteria to spread in your tooth, causing an infection. Left to its own devices, an abscess can actually cause you to lose the tooth. Occasionally, gum swelling is a side effect of certain over-the-counter and prescription medications, so let Dr. Kaplan know about all medications you’re taking.
Whether or not you have other symptoms along with your sore gums depends on the cause. If you experience any of the symptoms listed below, make an appointment with Dr. Kaplan right away. Related symptoms can include:
Which treatment is appropriate depends on what’s causing your gums to swell. If you have severe decay or an infection, you might need a root canal. If your swelling is only due to a gum problem, and the cause isn’t from an unhealthy nerve, you may need to be referred to a periodontist. Sometimes, if Dr. Kaplan and his team can handle the problem in-office, they can clean out your gums personally. No matter the cause, Dr. Kaplan and his team do everything they can to preserve the health of your teeth and gums.
Healthy, routine oral hygiene is among the most efficient methods of preventing any issues with your gums. That means brushing your teeth thoroughly twice a day and flossing once a day, as a bare minimum. You should also use an antiseptic mouthwash daily to get rid of any bacteria that may be lurking around in your mouth.
If you have a substantial gap in your teeth, bridges, or braces, you might require additional dental tools to keep your gums healthy. Dr. Kaplan and his expert team can teach you how to keep your mouth healthy and which devices you may need at home.
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