Periodontal (gum) infections can be quite painful, but more importantly, they can be signs of larger problems to come. If you are experiencing recurrent swellings on your gums, go through the following steps to ensure your mouth is healthy and you can alleviate the pain that comes with swollen gums.
Consistently swollen or bleeding gums need to be immediately seen by your dentist in order for the proper care and treatment to be diagnosed. Swollen gums can be a precursor to something more serious (and more painful), and is also a hallmark sign of an acute periodontal abscess. Schedule an immediate appointment with your dental office to take charge of your gums’ health and wellness.
If you do have an abscess, dental specialists can treat it. An abscess is an infected pus-filled sac that dentists can easily treat to release infection and alleviate the intense pain that comes with. With a little local anesthesia to numb the area and a small pierce to let the infection out, your pain is literally gone in a few seconds.
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Once your gums and any occurring abscesses are treated, your mouth needs to be protected from infection. You may be given a round of antibiotics and a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication to ensure disinfection and quality healing. A wound created by an abscess can take one to two weeks to completely heal, so be sure to follow the instructions given by your dental specialists to ensure proper recovery.
Once your gums are completely healed, you need to practice proper dental hygiene to avoid any incidents in the future. Brush and floss often, and make regular appointments for tooth and gum cleaning.
Now’s the time to cut back (or quit completely) lifestyle choices that can impact your mouth’s health. Quit using tobacco products (including vaping), cut down on alcohol, and try your best to stay away from sugary foods. All of these things can help encourage gum disease, tooth decay, and even oral cancer.
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If you have any questions or comments about gum pain, swelling, or disease, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation, feel free to get in touch with Cascadia Dental Specialists. You can fill out our online form, contact us at (425) 644-7444, or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!