Swollen Gums: Signs and Symptoms

When you think of dental issues, what comes to mind? Is your first thought cavities, tooth decay, or losing a tooth? Granted, these are issues that should be addressed, but did you know that swollen gums is another problem that individuals have to cope with?

Sadly, swollen gums are typically caused by one of several issues, and your gums may not return to normal until the issue has been addressed. Unfortunately, this list is fairly extensive. For instance, gingivitis, which is an infection surrounding your teeth, could be the cause of your issue. Pregnancy and malnutrition, illness, medications, and dental appliances could also be the reason your gums are swollen.

Once you have discovered the cause of your swollen gums, you’ll have a few options available. Home remedies, such as rinsing with salt water, may help. Similarly, cold and warm compresses can help. However, please note that you might find a warm compress more comfortable than a cold one. Still, please note that a cold compress may actually do more good than a warm one will. Regardless of which you prefer, please do not place the compress directly onto your gums. Instead, place it against your cheeks.

Similarly, you can use a numbing agent, such as benzocaine, to for temporary relief. Eating cold food will also help numb the discomfort caused by swollen gums as long as sensitivity hasn’t spread to your teeth.

If you do have swollen gums, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Sarah Barber, and our team will do everything we can to help with your unique situation. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles Dental a 360.553.3271. We’re eager to receive your call.