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Bleeding or Inflammed Gums?

Do you sometimes get up and realize that your gums feel swollen? Swollen gums can make eating, drinking, and speaking a harrowing experience. The best thing to do when you think your gums are swollen is to book an appointment with your local dentist for a check-up.

Gum inflammation is a condition that is characterized by the inflammation of the gums surrounding the teeth. The signs and symptoms of gum inflammation are easy to spot and some of them include: Pain when chewing or biting, regardless of whether or not the food or bite is hot or cold. Pain when flossing or brushing the teeth. Redness or bleeding in the gums. Bad breath, or a bad taste in the mouth. Shifting teeth or loose teeth. In most cases, these are signs that you may not be taking proper care of your teeth and gums.

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Causes For Inflamed Gums

Inflammation in the gums is an indication of an infection in your gums and teeth. Sometimes they are due to:

  • Food particle that got lodged in your teeth and gums
  • Gingivitis

When the inflammation is because of the sticking of food particles, it will go away once the person flosses it out and brushes his teeth.

Gingivitis is a disease of the gums that cause it to swell. It is a common cause for swelling and is mostly accompanied by pain and sensitivity to very hot or very cold food substances.

Treatment in the initial stages is essential as it may develop into a serious infection of the gums called periodontitis.


Frequently Asked Questions About Inflammed or Bleeding Gums

The Symptoms Of Periodontitis

  •  Foul taste in the mouth
  • Unabated bad breath
  • Very sensitive teeth
  • Loosening of teeth
  • Painful gums when chewing
  • Bleeding from the gums
  • Receding gums
  • Change in the setting of the teeth

Infections That Cause Swelling Of The Gums:

Infections such as herpes and oral thrush can manifest themselves in the form of sullenness in the gums. Abscess or pus formed in infected teeth can also affect the gums. Inflamed gums can also result from side effects of medicines, from malnourishment, using new oral products like a new toothbrush or mouth rinse, poorly fitted dentures, crowns, improperly done tooth fillings, etc.

What Treatment Would A Dentist Suggest For Gum Swellings?

The treatment for gum inflammation depends on the cause of the swelling and the severity of the pain. If the swelling is manageable and/or just beginning, your dentist may write you a non-alcoholic mouth rinse and special toothpaste. If you find your condition to be worsening, then your dentist may prescribe a course of antibiotics. If you feel that you have passed the pain threshold, your dentist may immediately schedule surgery to eliminate gingivitis or other conditions.

Can Gum Inflammation Be An Emergency?

Pain in the gums can be an on and off symptom. Any inflammation in the gums accompanied by pain can mean an infection or injury in the mouth, the teeth, and the gums. Gums are soft and fleshy tissues that hold the teeth in place. Severe gum pain will require you to immediately check into a dental hospital's emergency room in Australia.

How Long Does The Treatment Last?

Swelling in the gums may take a couple of days to subside completely. If there is a lot of accompanying pain, you may have contracted gingivitis. If caught in the early stages, Gingivitis is entirely treatable, and treatment can span between 10 and 15 days.

Is There A Connection Between Pregnancy And Inflamed Gums?

There is a significant increase in hormones during pregnancy, increasing blood flow to the gums, causing swelling and becoming ultra-sensitive.

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