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What Causes Swollen Gums?

17/09/2020

Swollen, inflamed gums can be very sore and cause discomfort during simple tasks throughout your day such as talking or eating. Swollen gums are a cause for concern as it can indicate that your gums are infected which can lead to many health problems and tooth loss.

Common Causes of Swollen Gums

Gum inflammation is often caused by one or more of the following:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis
  • Brushing your teeth and gums too hard
  • Flossing incorrectly
  • Smoking
  • Chemotherapy
  • Changes in hormones
  • Recent dental work

Gum Disease

Did you know that 50% of adults in the UK have experienced gum disease in the UK? Swollen gums are a common symptom is early onset gum disease. The sooner you catch and treat gum disease the better, as the longer you leave it to progress the harder it is to treat and the more damage it will do to your oral health.

The early stages of gum disease, which is milder and easier to treat, is called gingivitis. A common symptom of this is your gums bleeding when you brush. This can be treated by improving your oral health and focusing more on your tooth brushing routine.

If not treated quickly, this can advance to the stage of gum disease called periodontitis. Once you have reached this level of gum disease, your gums will be sore and your teeth may start to feel loose. If left untreated, this can result in tooth loss and missing teeth.

How To Treat Swollen Gums

Reversing early gum disease can be easy to treat and reverse if caught in time. Inflamed gums can be treated by brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, using mouthwash to kill any harmful bacteria in your mouth and using an anti-gingivitis toothpaste to get rid of any infection.

Book an appointment with a Kettering dentist and start improving your dental health now.

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