You should not have problems with swelling if your gums are healthy. If this has been a recurring issue, you need to contact our professional periodontal team. The sooner you learn what is going on, the easier it will be to resolve the issue and make progress when taking care of your gums and teeth.
Why Do Gums Swell?
If you have a gum infection, it has become quite serious if you are experiencing swollen gums and/or bad breath. While gingivitis is defined by bleeding gums and recession, periodontitis is marked by swelling and the destruction of the alveolar bone. When gums are inflamed and swollen, the most common reason is gum disease. However, this condition can also result if the gums and teeth are brushed too hard or by the use of a too-firm toothbrush. Some dental patients will experience gum swelling if they are undergoing cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy. In addition, women may experience swelling if they are pregnant or are lactating. Irritation from dental restorations may lead to isolated swellings in the mouth as well. The use of tobacco can also trigger swollen gums and problems with tooth decay.
How Are Swollen Gums Treated?
How a gum swelling is treated will depend on the reason for the swelling. In the case of severe gum disease, we often schedule a scaling and root planing to attempt to reverse the disease. During the scaling, we clean away the tartar and plaque build-up down to the bottom of the gingival pocket. We also plane the roots so the gingival tissue can reattach itself to the teeth. To avoid any type of swelling, it is important to follow a routine plan of regular dental care by brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
Do you currently have swollen gums? If so, contact our periodontal staff and explain what is happening. Schedule an appointment for a consultation and exam today to ensure better future periodontal outcomes.