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How to Get Rid of Swollen Puffy Gums

Posted in Gum Disease

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:

  • Wearing braces
  • Taking certain medications
  • Pregnancy or other major hormonal changes
  • A compromised immune system

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.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57
th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377


How Can I Prevent Gingivitis?

Posted in Gum Disease

Gingivitis simply means inflammation of the gums. Your gums become sensitive and inflamed when bacteria in dental plaque is left on them too long. Dental plaque is a combination of food, fluids from your mouth, and bacteria. It forms within hours of brushing, and will irritate your gums if not removed regularly.

Avoid Gingivitis With Effective Plaque Removal

Nothing gets rid of gum irritants like good old-fashioned brushing and flossing! Brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once daily is sufficient for most folks. Make sure that you spend a little extra time carefully cleaning around bridges, implants, and braces.

Don’t forget about oral appliances like mouth guards, dentures, and partials. Bacteria can still hide out on these items even though they are removable and cause gum inflammation when you wear them without cleaning them on a regular basis.

Prevent Gingivitis Efficient Plaque Prevention

Specific ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwashes actually prohibit plaque formation. These products give your gums added protection against gingivitis.

One of these is triclosan, which is found in most anti-gingivitis toothpastes. Another is a combination of essential oils (such as menthol and thymol). Such elements effectively slow down plaque growth in-between your brushing sessions.

How Your Dentist Can Help You Limit Gum Inflammation

Visiting your local dentist will allow you to have a full gum health examination. Professional dental cleanings will remove the tartar buildup, which harbors more plaque and bacteria. Tartar can be a major irritant to gums, but it can’t be removed by brushing, alone.

Visit your local dentist for a thorough dental health assessment and customized recommendations for your oral care routine.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

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