Posted on 2/10/2020 by Beautiful Smiles Office
Have you looked at your gums lately? If you have looked at your gums lately, what have you noticed? Do your gums look pink and healthy? Or do they look red, inflamed, and angry? If your gums are a little bigger than you've imagined, we have some suggestions for why they're swollen.
Overwhelmingly the reason your gums are swollen is because of gum disease. Gum disease, like tooth decay, is caused by bacteria. That bacteria can be brushed and flossed away, and it also helps if you eat a healthy diet. However, if you don't practice good oral hygiene, and get your dental checkups, you may start to notice changes in your gums.
At the first stage of gum disease, your gums will look swollen, red and inflamed. They may be painful as well, or sensitive to hot and cold foods. The good news is that you can get your early gum disease treated and it can be cured. However, if you wait too long, the gum disease can be treated, but it can't be cured.
Another reason your gums swell is because of mouth ulcers. Many people get sores in their mouths, or mouth ulcers due to stress. Some people get them because of the foods we eat. Depending on where your mouth ulcers are, you may experience pain and swelling in your gums from the mouth ulcers.
Your gums might also swell because of tooth decay, again because tooth decay is caused by bacteria. The bacteria eat a hole in your tooth over time and can cause a serious cavity. If it is left untreated, your cavity will infect the tooth pulp, and could lead to an abscessed tooth, which would cause your gums to swell. An abscess is extremely painful and should be avoided at all costs.
Are your gums swollen and painful? Why not give us a call, and let us help you with your gum pain?
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