Swollen gums can become a nuisance over time and can negatively affect your quality life.
Swollen gums can make it difficult to eat the foods you love and can even make it more difficult to brush and floss properly. If you're unable to brush and floss properly, this could lead to other oral complications if not addressed.
There are many causes for swollen gums. Gums become swollen due to irritation, but this information alone is not enough to diagnose the problem Gums can become swollen due to a whole host of complications and reasons. Some of these problems are simple fixes while others require more attention.
Causes of Swollen Gums
Gums can become swollen due to your toothbrush. If the toothbrush you use is too hard, it can irritate the gums and cause them to swell. In some cases, the gums can also bleed. It may be time to make the change to a soft bristled brush if you are experiencing swollen gums and use a hard-bristled brush.
Another common problem that causes swollen gums is brushing too hard. The gums are sensitive and need to be delicately cleaned. Too often, people think that scrubbing their gums vigorously will clean them well. However, brushing too hard can actually cut the gums and make them swell.
The last common reason for swollen gums is early signs of gum disease. Gum disease happens when bacteria in the mouth if left to grow and infects the gums. Other common symptoms of gum disease is sensitivity of the gums, redness of the gums, irritations of the gums, and bleeding.
If your gums have been swollen for a longer amount of time than a week, it could be possible you are experiencing gum disease. Please call us if you have been dealing with swollen gums. We can make you an appointment to see our dental specialists to diagnose the cause of your swollen gums.