Learn remedies for pain relief and more.
If you currently have swollen gums or you have experienced this issue in the past, you know how painful of an experience it can be. Swollen gums are often caused by gingivitis and can cause bleeding, loss of teeth or the receding of gums if not treated in an appropriate manner. In this blog post, we will discuss a few of the best ways to treat swollen gums.
Practice Proper Oral Care
If you are experiencing pain in your gums and believe they may be swollen, there are several measures you can take to prevent the swelling from getting worse. We suggest brushing and flossing regularly, as this will drastically reduce plaque buildup that can cause gingivitis and swollen gums in the future.
It’s important to also use proper mouthwash and toothpastes to avoid issues. Specialized toothpastes that fight these specific issues can be found at most grocery stores and pharmacies.
Try An At-Home Remedy
If the pain related to your swollen gums has increased, there are several at-home treatments you can try. Rinsing your mouth with saltwater daily can help rid your mouth of bacteria. Other potential solutions include drinking lots of water throughout the day (increases saliva), using a warm compress on your face and avoiding alcohol and tobacco.
If these remedies aren’t lessening the pain, you may need to seek further assistance.
See A Professional Dental Team
Should your gums remain swollen and painful for more than two weeks, it is time to see a dentist. X-rays will need to be taken to determine the severity of the issue and to see if an infection has occurred. Depending on how bad the swollen gums have become, an oral rinse can be prescribed as well as certain toothpastes and antibiotics that can help ease the pain. If the swollen gums are worse than expected and there are severe signs of gingivitis, a procedure may need to be performed to remove plaque and tartar.
If you or a loved one are experiencing swollen gums, we ask that you reach out to our team at St. Luke’s OMS. We will do our very best to alleviate your pain and ensure that you do not experience this issue again in the future. We ask that you give us a call as soon as possible and we will be happy to provide the assistance you need.