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Swollen Gum Tissue: Know These Facts

When you’ve never dealt with any type of gum health concerns before, figuring out how to read symptoms may cause some uncertainty. However, the sudden occurrence of a change with your gums, such as puffiness, is of course something that will cause an alarm to sound in your thoughts. These thoughts may go something like this, “Wow, that doesn’t look normal! Perhaps I should see my dentist!” Good job! You are spot on.

Swollen gums can mean oral health problems that require our care! Now, as for what those problems might include and why seeing us is so important…

It Might Not Be Disease

Your swollen gums can point to a problem, of course. Inflammation shows up because something is not going exactly right with your smile. However, it doesn’t necessarily suggest disease, so keep this in mind when you see puffiness and your instinct is to panic! Here’s what you should know when it comes to some other causes of gum swelling:

  1. Spicy or “hot” foods can irritate gums

  2. Other foods that you are sensitive to or allergic too may result in this problem

  3. Eating food that’s far too hot may cause inflammation

  4. Pregnancy can lead to inflammation

It Might Be Infection!

Okay, then again, yes, you might have gum disease. This is not something that you need to panic over, however! Instead, when you notice swollen gums, it’s something that should cause you to make a beeline for your phone, so you can contact us, let us know, and get yourself into our practice for a visit and perio help just as soon as you can. We can solve the problem! Sit tight, follow our suggestions, and you’ll be seeing calm gum tissue again in no time.

It’s Definitely Something We Need To See

Sometimes, you can make a decision about whether or not we need to see you. For instance, perhaps you notice a sore in your mouth. Upon further investigation, you realize it’s a canker sore. You’re careful with it, the problem goes away, and you’re good to go! When it comes to something like swollen gums, however, you need to see us and you need to do so very soon! Even the slightest indication that you’re experiencing gum disease means come in ASAP!

Protect Your Gums And Overall Oral Health With Checkups

Never underestimate the power of coming in for a visit when your gum tissue is bothering you or looks swollen! To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.

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