What to Do If One Small Part of Your Gums Randomly Swells Up Next to a Tooth?
Posted on 2/24/2020 by Office
Inflammation anywhere in your body is an indicator that something's not right, and this is especially true of swollen gums. If you felt some puffiness in your gum around a single tooth, you're not alone.
This is a relatively common occurrence that could be due to several reasons. However, when gum inflammation is concentrated in a small area, it's often due to food particles that have built up around the tooth, and you may be able to give the tooth some extra cleaning to eliminate the swelling. However, if the problem persists, it may be due to a more serious problem.
What Causes Swollen Gums?
In the simplest of cases, you can remedy swollen games by improving your oral care routine, ensuring that you remove as much food debris as possible every time you brush and floss. If food deposits linger too long around your gums, you can develop the early stages of gum disease, known as gingivitis.
This can lead to more advanced stages of gum disease, known as periodontitis. If symptoms persist, you should contact our office to rule out gum disease as a cause for your swollen gums. An abscessed tooth can also cause your gums to swell and lead to gum disease and other serious health issues.
How Can I Remedy Swollen Gums?
Your best defense against swollen gums is to maintain a consistent and thorough oral care routine to remove food deposits before they cause oral health issues. However, your oral health and overall health are closely connected, so taking care of your body in general will also take care of your gums. You can also do a salt water rinse 2 or 3 times a day (½ teaspoon of salt in 8 Oz of water) to see if the swelling clears up.
There are causes of swollen gums that you don't want to allow to worsen. If you've experienced swollen gums suddenly and it doesn't improve with better oral care habits or a saltwater rinse, contact our office to rule out more serious problems.