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Swollen Gums

Swollen Gums

When gums are red or swollen and if they bleed then this could be a sign that you are suffering from gum disease. Considering the consequences of untreated gum disease it's always a good idea to see your dentist as soon as you notice any of these signs. One of our professionals at Emergency Dentist London will be happy to see you and give you advice if you notice any gum swelling.

What causes gums to be swollen?

Gum disease is often the culprit

If food debris is allowed to stay on the teeth bacteria can cause inflammation and decay. Without thorough flossing and brushing you might develop gingivitis. In turn gingivitis can lead to more serious gum disease, bone loss and eventually even lost teeth.

A dental abscess

If you have cavities that have not been treated then bacteria can set up an infection that can spread through the teeth and cause an abscess. When you see one of our emergency dentists, they will be able to clean the infection out of the tooth and possibly carry out root canal treatment to resolve the abscess.

Poor nutrition

It is more than physical health that benefits from regular portions of vegetables and fruit . They play an important role in your oral health as well. If you do not eat enough fruit and veg you can end up with nutritional deficiencies, typically in folic acid, vitamin C or riboflavin which may cause you to develop swelling in the gums.

Changes during pregnancy

Sometimes pregnancy can cause hormonal changes and that might alter the way in which bacteria is dealt with by your body. It might, under these circumstances, be easier for plaque to build up on your teeth and gums. If you are pregnant then you should see your dentist regularly, especially through the middle of your pregnancy.

Tobacco and alcohol

There is no doubt that if you smoke or drink a lot then your chance of developing gum disease will be increased because both of these things will weaken your immune system. Alcohol and tobacco are also known to slow down the healing process and you should always be sure that you brush your teeth and floss them as well and see your dentist regularly for check-ups.

  • Maintaining dental hygiene to the highest possible standard will address and eradicate the gum swelling that gingivitis causes.
  • You can try rinsing your mouth with salty water as a way to ease pain in your gums.
  • always make sure that you have a regular dental check-up. This way your dentist can spot any problems before they take hold and give you any advice about oral hygiene that you need.

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