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When you worry about potential dental problems, do you immediately think about things that could be wrong with your teeth? While you should try to protect your teeth, do you ever worry about the health of your gums? For instance, you’ve probably heard about gum disease—but did you know that there could be several other issues that cause problems with your gums? Or that swollen gums can be another issue you may have to deal with?

Sadly, swollen gums are typically caused by one of several issues, and your gums may not return to normal until the issue has been addressed. Unfortunately, this list is fairly extensive. For instance, gingivitis, which is an infection surrounding your teeth, could be the cause of your issue. Pregnancy and malnutrition, illness, medications, and dental appliances could also be the reason your gums are swollen.

Once you have discovered the cause of your swollen gums, you’ll have a few options available. Home remedies, such as rinsing with salt water, may help. Similarly, cold and warm compresses can help. While warm compresses may feel better, cold compress will help alleviate your pain more efficiently. However, please remember to apply the compress to your skin and not directly to your gums.

Similarly, you can use a numbing agent, such as benzocaine, to for temporary relief. Eating cold food will also help numb the discomfort caused by swollen gums as long as sensitivity hasn’t spread to your teeth.

If you do have swollen gums, we recommend scheduling an appointment with us as soon as possible. Our dentist, Dr. Kevin Oakes, and our team will do everything we can to help with your unique situation. To learn more, please don’t hesitate to contact Dental Arts of Frederick a 301-663-5552. We’re eager to receive your call.