When you think of dental issues, what comes to mind? Is your first thought cavities, tooth decay, or losing a tooth? Granted, these are issues that should be addressed, but did you know that swollen gums is another problem that individuals have to cope with?
Sadly, swollen gums are typically caused by one of several issues, and your gums may not return to normal until the issue has been addressed. Unfortunately, this list is fairly extensive. For instance, gingivitis, which is an infection surrounding your teeth, could be the cause of your issue. Pregnancy and malnutrition, illness, medications, and dental appliances could also be the reason your gums are swollen.
However, while we recommend visiting our dentist as quickly as possible, there are a few things you can do from home to alleviate your discomfort. For instance, rinsing your mouth with salt water could help you deal with your discomfort. You may also want to consider using a compress—either hot or cold—to help alleviate your gums. Still, while warm compresses may feel better, cold compress will help alleviate your pain more efficiently. However, please remember to apply the compress to your skin and not directly to your gums.
Similarly, you can use a numbing agent, such as benzocaine, to for temporary relief. Eating cold food will also help numb the discomfort caused by swollen gums as long as sensitivity hasn’t spread to your teeth.
If you do have swollen gums, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Melody Pongmanopap, and our team will do everything we can to help with your unique situation. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact Smiles Dental a 360.464.9797. We’re eager to receive your call.