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When Should Swelling of the Gums Be Considered Normal?
Posted on 11/16/2020 by Young Jun DDS MD FACS
When your gums swell, it is a warning that something is wrong. Swelling is never normal. It needs to be examined and diagnosed immediately.
What Causes Gingival Swelling and What Accompanies It?
Gingival swelling or inflamed gums often results from a lack of dental care. Therefore, to prevent the swelling that accompanies gum disease, you need to brush at least twice a day with a non-abrasive, ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste and floss once a day. If you brush too hard or your toothbrush is too firm, that can cause swelling too. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene, you will keep your gums healthy and pink – and normal. Besides swelling of the gums, poor dental care can lead to gums that bleed, which also hurt and feel tender. That is why you cannot downplay brushing or flossing each day.
Why Avoiding Brushing Your Teeth Causes the Gums to Swell
When you don't practice a regular routine of brushing, plaque, which is also called biofilm, builds up along the gum line and slips behind the sulcus, or space between the gum and teeth, creating a gingival pocket. In turn, your gums begin to swell and bleed. Swelling can also happen when you brush and floss but use the wrong method. For example, flossing the teeth too vigorously can cause swelling as well. While some people believe they need to use a firmer brush or more aggressive approach to clean their teeth, it does far more damage than good. To keep the gums healthy, brush them thoroughly at a 45-degree angle and concentrate on totally cleaning each tooth, rather than “scrubbing” it.
Do you have swollen gums? If so, swelling is never something that is normal. You need to schedule an appointment with us so we can make a diagnosis. Give us a call today so we can assist you in taking better care of your gums and teeth.