I Have Swollen Gums: What Does That Mean?

Gums are extremely important to the overall health of your mouth and your body. When they become swollen, not only is it uncomfortable and painful, but the reason as to why could be one of many underlying issues with your oral health.

There are a few reasons as to why your gums may be swollen;

Gingivitis
This word, when broken down, actually means swollen or irritated gums. This gum disease creates swelling and could also lead to periodontitis and tooth loss.

Luckily, the cause of Gingivitis is poor oral hygiene, so in order to prevent you or your children from this disease is to maintain proper oral care!

Pregnancy
Just like other ailments in a woman’s body during pregnancy, her gums aren’t left out. Hormone changes and imbalances can cause the gums to swell and become irritated, increasing the possibility of gingivitis.

Malnutrition
Nutrients are important throughout the body, and the mouth is no different. When someone is deficient in necessary vitamins such as B and C, their gums can become swollen and the possibilities of developing scurvy increases.

Infection
Viruses and bacteria can attack the gums just as much as other parts of the body. Thrush, as an example, is the overgrowth of natural yeast in the mouth. This overgrowth can cause swelling and potentially tooth decay.

We hope that this shed some light on why your gums may be swollen. While these aren’t every reason, because we all know how it feels to get a popcorn kernel stuck between two teeth, or to floss a little too hard, if you suspect your gum inflammation is because of a medical problem, please contact our office so we can assist you!

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Monday: 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM
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Our Location: 100 Harth Place, Summerville, SC 29485

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Our after-hours telephone number is 843.873.7326 If you have a dental emergency, please call our after-hours telephone number and follow the instructions on our out-going message. Please note that medications will only be prescribed for patients who have recently been seen in our office. Recommendations for care for certain emergency situations, such as what to do if your tooth is knocked out, are available on our website. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 or get to the nearest emergency room.

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