Keller TX dentist Warns About Oral Health Risks Associated with Swollen Gums
When you look in the mirror at your smile, are you seeing a swollen or inflamed gum line? You may be so used to having swollen gums that it hasn’t occurred to you before. Very often, this swelling is extremely uncomfortable, especially when eating or brushing. For some patients, swollen gums may or may not be accompanied by bad breath or even bleeding. Chronic gingivitis is many times responsible for swollen gums amongst patients. It’s a condition that many people tolerate in their everyday lives. However, any time a part of your body is swollen, it’s a pretty good indication that you have an infection.
How Did My Gums Begin to Swell?
Plaque and tartar buildup are the most common causes of swollen gums. It's that white filmy debris that you may have noticed gathering along the edges of your gum line or the surface of your teeth. This nasty bacterial plaque is responsible for not only cavities but gum infections too! Sneaking its way underneath the gum pocket, plaque can hide itself in unseen areas causing an inflammatory immune response.
Other less common causes of swollen gums include hidden food particles that become lodged under the gums or an allergic reaction to the ingredients found in toothpaste, foods, medications, and old or faulty dental restorations. Seeds, popcorn, and other foods that can become lodged between your teeth are also many times the culprit of a swollen gum.
There have even been cases of elevated hormones causing the swelling of gums. Women during pregnancy are especially known to have temporary swelling of the gums. Medications, especially for high blood pressure, will also tend to create an excess growth of fibrous gum tissue that can be mistaken for unhealthy swollen gums. This overgrowth usually appears as a light pink or coral tint while infected gums usually appear a deeper red.
Time for Treatment
If you’re experiencing mild to moderate inflammation, changing up your oral hygiene routine should do the trick for improving healthier gums. However, extremely inflamed gums, or gums that have been swollen for an extensive period of time should be looked at by your Keller TX dentist.
Changing up your oral hygiene
Make sure you’re using a good toothbrush and implementing the right techniques. A soft-bristled toothbrush that is gentle on gum tissue will help to soothe irritations. Make sure to keep pressure to a minimum or else you will risk enamel abrasion and gum recession. Angle the brush to a 45 degree angle and keep movements shortened in a back and forth motion. Continue brushing the entire mouth targeting the margin of your gum line for at least 2 minutes twice a day.
Blue light technology is a scientifically proven method of killing oral bacteria responsible for gingivitis, plaque, bad breath and gum pockets. There are many toothbrush companies that produce brushes with blue light technology. It’s also important to use floss and mouth rinses daily to clean between the teeth. Be aware that many patients with swollen gums will experience some slight bleeding while using dental floss.
If you have noticed any inflammation of the gums, please be sure to contact your Keller TX dentist. We will work together to find a solution and make an oral hygiene plan for you. Request an appointment by clicking here, or call us at 817-741-1240.