Common Causes of Swollen Gums

Understanding what causes swollen gums allows you to prevent gums from swelling up in the first place.

Additionally, if swollen gums do occur, being able to pinpoint why helps you properly treat them and restore good oral health faster.

Causes of swollen gums

There are several different reasons gums may be swollen. In most cases, it can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, though that is not always the case.

The following are the three most common causes of swollen gums.

Poor dental hygiene

The main reason swollen gums may have occurred is that the person has not maintained good oral hygiene. In many cases, this can be attributed to improper brushing technique and frequency. However, other factors, such as consuming too much sugar and failing to floss frequently, can also play a role.

If swollen gums start to occur, it most likely means that a buildup of bacteria has formed.

First, be sure to start brushing often and in a thorough manner, along with flossing and using fluoride mouthrinse. In many instances, changing one’s oral hygiene routine is all that is needed to effectively treat swollen gums.

Oral infection

Swollen gums do not necessarily mean the cause is poor dental hygiene. In some cases, it is possible to do everything right and still suffer from oral infection.

If poor dental hygiene is not the cause of swollen gums, there is a high likelihood that an oral infection is the cause.

When an oral infection develops, there is a good chance that abscesses on the gums will start to form, which can cause swollen gums.

Gum disease

If poor dental hygiene continues for too long and the early sign of swollen gums is ignored, the issue can develop into a gum disease, such as gingivitis or periodontitis.

While gum disease can often be managed, it can lead to serious dental health concerns if not dealt with properly, including the loss of teeth and pain in the gums.

The best way to deal with gum disease is to prevent it from occurring in the first place by practicing good oral hygiene. If swollen gums do occur and the cause is believed to be gum disease, it is important to seek dental care as soon as possible.   

Allergic reactions

Certain allergic reactions to ingredients can cause swollen gums, which can be fairly hard to diagnose.

If good oral hygiene is administered and an oral infection has been ruled out, there is a good chance that the person has had an allergic reaction.

The best way to determine what caused the allergic reaction is to make a list of everything new that has been tried recently, and determine if it could have caused the swollen gums.

Go to for swollen gums information or call El Camino Dental Arts at (760) 692-1065.

Recent Posts

7 Important Tips For Gum Health From A Periodontist

Looking for some gum health tips from a periodontist? According to the American Dental Association, a periodontist is a dentist who specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of gum disease.Preventing gum disease in the first place is ideal and requires proper dental care. Once the beginning stages of gum disease start to set in,…

Signs You Need To Visit A Periodontics Office

Periodontics is the branch of dentistry that understands, diagnoses and treats the diseases that affect the supporting structures of your teeth. These supporting structures include your gums, periodontal membranes, alveolar bone and other areas of your jawbone. You may need to visit a periodontics office if you develop gum disease, are at high risk of…

Periodontics Can Help Your Gums Look And Feel Better

Periodontics is the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of periodontal disease, which is the inflammation and infection of the gums, ligaments and bones which support the teeth. As a general dentist, we treat both gums and teeth in order to ensure that you have the highest chance of retaining all or the majority of your natural…

Common Questions Answered About Periodontics

Have you heard of the term - Periodontics? If not, you are like many of our patients.  This area of dentistry focuses on the health of the gums.  It is not widely known, and so most people go about their oral hygiene routine without ever thinking about it.  In fact, if you were to ask…

Recent Posts

Welcome To El Camino Dental Arts

Welcome To El Camino Dental Arts

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Vista, CA area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Dentist, Kid Friendly Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Family Dentist, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, Orthodontics, Implant Dentist, Periodontist and Dental Crowns.

Dental Veneers: The Cosmetic Option For Your Smile

Dental Veneers: The Cosmetic Option For Your Smile

Dental veneers — which are sometimes also called porcelain laminates or porcelain veneers — are thin, custom-crafted appliances attached to the front surface of a person's teeth. This is almost always done to improve the appearance of the teeth. Sometimes, it is done to even out teeth which may be chipped or cracked, to fill…