Defeat Your Swollen Gums
Swollen gums can be painful and irritating. Fortunately, they don’t have to be. Swollen gums are completely avoidable with the proper care of your teeth. Even if they’re already swollen, it’s easy to bring them back to their normal, healthy state.
Swollen gums are caused when plaque and tartar get stuck under gums. That causes bacteria to grow, and when your body tries to fight the bacteria, the white blood cells inflame the gums. Generally, swollen gums mean gingivitis or gum disease. If you notice your gums are swollen, or often bleed after a brushing or flossing, definitely see Dr. Real.
Good news is that there are a few ways to fight swollen gums.
- Mouthwash: Using mouthwash once a day can help clean your gums, which will reduce the swelling.
- Proper brushing: Brushing properly can do a great deal in keeping your mouth clean and your gums from swelling. Keep the bristles of your toothbrush at a 45 degree angle from the gum line and brush softly. The plaque and tartar can be removed this way, and swelling will reduce.
- Ibuprofen: This is a last resort, if only if absolutely necessary. Ibuprofen is an anti-inflammatory. It will not fight any of the bacteria growing, but will reduce the pain and lower the swelling temporarily.
Swollen gums are usually the first sign of gum disease, so by seeing a dentist and treating the swollen gums now, the chances are much lower that your swollen gums will turn into something more serious and less treatable.
If you feel like your gums are swollen, or are bleeding or causing you any pain, please call Dr. Real at (714) 525-2888 immediately. Dr. Real can assess the condition of your gums and instruct you properly on how to not just take care of them, but how to prevent the gum disease from advancing. Make your appointment now and avoid the hassle later.