Swollen gums may be red, abnormally enlarged, and also bleed. If your gums have been swollen for several days, please call Emergency Dentist London Centre now on 02031 376 356. We’ll give you the next available emergency appointment to relieve your pain and restore your oral health.
Causes of swollen gums:
How to help swollen gums:
- Gum disease
Lingering food debris and bacteria on the teeth can cause decay and inflammation. If you’ve neglected thorough brushing and flossing, gingivitis may be the cause. Gingivitis can progress to more serious forms of gum disease, resulting in bone loss and loose teeth.
Untreated cavities cause bacteria and infection to spread through the teeth (known as abscesses). Your dentist can clean out the infection and restore your teeth with root canal treatment.
- Poor nutrition
Fruit and vegetables play an important role in oral health. Missing out on your five a day may result in nutrient deficiencies - Vitamin C, folic acid, and riboflavin - which cause swollen gums.
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can alter the way the body responds to bacteria, allowing plaque to easily build up on the gums. It’s important to attend regular dental checkups during pregnancy, especially during the second trimester.
- Tobacco and alcohol
Smoking and drinking increase the chance of gum infection as they weaken the immune system. Tobacco and alcohol also slow down healing and should be avoided.
- Brush and floss your teeth regularly. Good dental hygiene will eradicate swelling caused by gingivitis.
- Rinse your mouth with saltwater to soothe gum pain.
- Eat your fruits and vegetables for optimal nutrition and oral health.
- Visit your dentist for a checkup. Your dentist will determine the cause of the swelling, and quickly help you restore your oral health.
Do you have swollen gums requiring emergency treatment? Book an appointment or call us now on 02031 376 356.