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06.14.2015

How to Treat Swollen Gums

 

First, Some Causes

Before you know how to treat swollen gums, you should understand some of the main causes of this problem. 

•Poor Oral Hygiene: This is the most common cause of swollen gums. This simply means that if you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, you could develop inflammation and infection in your gums. This is often characterized by puffy, red, sore, and painful gums, and the symptoms may be persistent. For some, the pain may get in the way of everyday activities such as eating and drinking, which can cause other problems. 

 

•Vitamin Deficiency: A vitamin C deficiency, an iron deficiency, and anemia can all be associated with swollen gums. To pinpoint which one of these is the culprit, it’s best to ask your doctor.

 

•Autoimmune Disorders: Some rare autoimmune disorders and infections of the soft tissues and bones can cause swollen gums. These are usually characterized by puffiness, pain, redness, and even blisters or ulcers in the gums. 

 

How to Treat Them

The cure for your swollen gum problem will come down to the actual cause of the swelling. Some conditions have different cures, so it is difficult to say what cure will work for you. However there are a few treatments that can cure or, at the very least, relieve the pain and discomfort of swollen gums:

•Rinse Your Mouth with Warm Salt Water – this causes a soothing effect on the tender tissues

•Massage Your Gums – using a cotton swab or your finger

•Take a Daily Vitamin – get ample amounts of vitamin c, iron, and folic acid in your multivitamin 

•Start Flossing – gums can become swollen from too much plaque buildup, so it is important to floss after meals and before bed

While they may seem like a minor issue, swollen gums are not to be taken lightly. If the swelling in your gums won’t subside after basic treatment, contact us at Serenity Dental and set up an appointment. 

 

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