Puffy gums usually happen as a reaction to an irritant like bacteria or dental calculus. Your gums may be particularly prone to swelling due to:
What can you do if your gums often look puffy?
Improve Your Oral Hygiene
Reassess how well you clean your teeth. The less debris there is in your mouth, the less likely your gums are to swell up.
An effective routine focuses on gently brushing along the gum line at least twice a day. You should also floss once a day to keep plaque bacteria from irritating the gums between teeth.
Whether your swollen gums are directly related to oral hygiene or not, it never hurts to improve in your brushing. But if your gums are very uncomfortable, you may need some more immediate relief.
Ice Your Gums
Cool your gums and bring down the inflammation with ice water or a popsicle. The cold will constrict blood vessels and soothe puffy tissue.
Take a Painkiller
You should only medicate against gum pain if your doctor says it’s okay. But most over-the-counter painkillers can help dull strong pain caused by swollen gums.
Topical Numbing Gel
A numbing spray or gel used to treat oral sores can also work on sore gums. If your swollen gums have become so tender that it hurts to brush or eat, then numbing them up beforehand may be helpful.
Some kinds of gum inflammation are a sign of serious infection that could put your health at risk. Talk with your dentist to get an idea of what’s causing your gum tissue to puff up and to discover an effective solution, especially if symptoms don’t clear up in a day or two.
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