How to Get Rid of Swollen Gums?
Our gums are sensitive, and if we do not practice good oral hygiene habits, they can become inflamed, painful, or infected. Gums are important and help to hold our teeth in place and protect our tooth roots. If gums are not taken care of, bacteria can spread and cause gum disease or other health problems. If you are experiencing swollen or tender gums, we encourage you to contact our office. Gum problems should be addressed promptly to avoid infection or other serious complications.
WHY ARE MY GUMS SWOLLEN?
Swollen gums result from injury or damage. Gums swell when bacteria enter them, protecting your body from harmful bacteria. Diet, dry mouth, poor oral hygiene, or dental appliances that may irritate the gums can cause swollen gums. Gum problems include bleeding, receding gums, pain, and swelling. You should seek treatment right away if you experience any of these symptoms to prevent further damage to your gums.
WHAT CAN I DO AT HOME TO HELP TREAT SWOLLEN GUMS?
Gums that are swollen or inflamed can be treated with a variety of home remedies. Using saltwater, tea tree oil, or aloe vera as a mouthwash can help to treat inflammation and heal your gums. Additionally, you can eat foods high in Vitamin D, use a warm or cold compress, or place black tea bags on the inflamed area.
Swollen gums cannot be cured with home remedies, but they can be managed. You should always consult a doctor if you have swollen gums. Medical treatment combined with home remedies can help you feel better quickly. Swollen gums and gum disease take time to treat, and the length of time depends on the severity of the inflammation or infection. Fighting swollen gums and gum disease at home requires good oral hygiene habits.
WHAT PROFESSIONAL TREATMENTS ARE AVAILABLE?
There are professional treatments for swollen gums, and depending on the severity of the inflammation will determine which treatment is best. If you have mild to moderate gum inflammation, Kuhns Periodontics & Implant Dentistry can treat this with a thorough cleaning and improved oral hygiene habits at home. We offer treatments such as root planing and scaling or pocket reduction surgery for severe cases. These treatments can clean and remove the bacteria and tartar underneath the gums and repair gums from recession. If you have an infection or abscess, our team can help determine the location of the infection and provide you with antibiotics to help clear up the infection.
Continue to practice good habits at home with brushing and flossing to help heal your gums faster. Drink plenty of water and get proper sleep to help your body fight off any bacteria. Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar, and follow a healthy lifestyle with appropriate exercise daily.
INTERESTED IN FINDING OUT MORE ABOUT TREATMENT FOR SWOLLEN GUMS?
If you have swollen gums and require treatment, please contact Kuhns Periodontics & Implant Dentistry. Our doctors have helped many patients treat swollen gums, and seeking professional help can avoid serious complications. In addition, we create a welcoming and calm environment and always provide the highest level of care.
Take that first step towards healthy gums by calling Kuhns Periodontics & Implant Dentistry today to schedule your appointment.