If you’re concerned that your gums look red and sore then it’s important to take action to improve your gum health and reduce further problems spreading beneath the gums and into the teeth. Hawthorn East Dental has some crucial advice on how to get rid of swollen gums.
Swelling of gums or, protruding gums, usually start where the gum meets the tooth and can appear red rather than a healthy pink.
What Causes Swollen Gums?
One of the most common causes of swollen red gums is Gingivitis. Often people don’t realize they have gingivitis as it can start as a less serious issue but if left untreated, you could end up with periodontitis or tooth loss.
When people don’t form a positive oral hygiene routine, plaque may build up on the gum-line and if left untreated, becomes Gingivitis. Plaque will harden and ultimately becomes Tartar if left on your teeth for more than a few days.
After this time, you will need to see a Melbourne dentist such as Hawthorn East Dental as brushing and flossing alone, will not fix the problem.
If your body is not getting adequate vitamins; especially Vitamins C and B, you may experience gum swelling. While it is not common for people in Australia to suffer from malnutrition, the older you get, the greater the chance of having gum disease if a healthy diet is not maintained.
There are all sorts of physiological changes that take place when pregnant and swollen gums can be one of them. Due to changes in hormones, your body may increase the flow of blood to your gums which can cause swelling.
Thrush, untreated decay and herpes leading to gingivostomatitis can all cause swollen gums and other dental issues.
Treatment for Swollen Gums
If your gums remain swollen for longer than a week, we recommend you give our friendly staff a call to make an appointment with one of our qualified dentists.
Your symptoms will be discussed and oral hygiene assessed. This a good time to seek advice on how to proceed with an oral hygiene plan you can implement at home, including foods that will assist in the healthy maintenance of your teeth and gums.
Dental x-rays most likely will be required for a full assessment and you will need to tell us if you are pregnant.
The suggested solution may involve recommending a prescribed oral rinse to help reduce gingivitis and tartar build-up. If your situation is severe, surgery may be required.
If your gums have just shown signs of being irritated or swollen then you may like to start treating this issue at home. We recommend salt water rinses, gentle brushing and flossing daily. Avoid food and drink that may cause further irritation (such as tobacco products, alcohol, strong mouthwashes) and ensure you drink plenty of water.
You may like to use a warm compress on your face where the gum is sore or a cold compress to decrease swelling.
If in doubt, don’t leave it until it becomes a real, bigger problem. Speak with us on (03) 9882 6606 or book in with us via the button in the top right corner of our website.