Inflamed Gums: The Not-So-Obvious Causes

When you have swollen gums, you have no qualms about hearing that you’ve got gingivitis. It’s sort of what you expected to hear in the first place! However, when inflammation occurs and you either are completely certain it can’t be diseased gums or you’re shocked when we tell you that it’s not, it’s somewhat jarring either way. What could it be, then? Isn’t this issue almost always the result of some underlying illness? Not necessarily! Get an inside look at the less obvious culprits.

You’re Doing It To Yourself!

Yes, we are sad to say it, but you can end up with swollen gums by your own hand! No, you’re not the only person in the world who has done this. Yes, it’s very possible to make changes, so this doesn’t happen anymore. Keep in mind that care that’s too hard can inflame gums and harm teeth. The only thing you need to do here is lighten up with that pressure (and, of course, make sure your toothbrush’s bristles are soft).

Your Restoration Doesn’t Fit Well

If you’re wearing dental work that doesn’t fit well, a variety of problems can lead to swollen gums. First, if the device rubs against your gum tissue, it may lead to inflammation. Next, if bacteria become trapped beneath the device, you may end up with swelling. See us for a checkup right away!

You’ve Got A Sore Nearby!

Where there’s a canker sore, there will be inflamed tissue. This can extend to your nearby gum tissue, where you end up seeing inflammation, as well. If the swelling goes away when the sore heals, then you’ve got your answer.

Make Gums Healthy Again By Seeing Us

Make sure that if you notice gum swelling, you bring yourself to our practice just as soon as you can for care! To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.