Swollen Gums Specialist

Midtown Dental Care

Dentists located in Midtown Manhattan, New York, NY

Healthy gums should fit tightly around your teeth, protecting them from bacteria in your mouth. If your gums feel sore, painful, swollen, or if they are bleeding, your dentist at Midtown Dental Care treats them immediately to preserve your oral health and protect your teeth from infection, decay, and possible tooth loss. If you live in the Greater New York Area — including Queens, Rego Park, Manhattan, and New York City — and have swollen, painful, or bleeding gums, call Midtown Dental Care or quickly book a consultation online.

Swollen Gums Q & A

Midtown Dental Care

Why are my gums swollen?

Numerous factors can cause swollen and sensitive gums, the most common of which is poor oral hygiene. If you don’t brush your teeth after meals, bacteria in your mouth forms a sticky film called plaque that can erode your enamel and irritate your gums.

Other causes of swollen gums include:

  • Poor-fitting or dirty dentures or other mouth appliances
  • Infections  
  • Malnutrition
  • Overly aggressive brushing or flossing
  • Hormonal fluctuations (puberty, menstruation, or pregnancy)
  • Use of tobacco products
  • Chemotherapy and other medications
  • Autoimmune disorders or other disorders

Which other symptoms may accompany swollen gums?

If your gums are swollen, you may also experience:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Bright-red or purplish gum color
  • Receding gums
  • Shiny gums
  • Sores or ulcers on your gums

What should I do if my gums are swollen?

If you notice that your gums are swollen, sore, red, or bleeding, you should see your Midtown Dental Care dentist right away. Don’t waste time with ineffective treatments online, which may delay your receiving proper dental care.

What happens if I don’t treat my swollen gums?

If not treated, swollen gums can lead to several serious complications, including:

  • Infection of the jaw or gums (gingivitis)
  • Trench mouth (ulcerative gingivitis)
  • Abscess of the gums or jaw
  • Periodontal infection (gums, teeth, and bone)
  • Systemic spread of infection
  • Loss of teeth

Swollen gums may also be a sign of a serious condition or illness such as:

  • Scurvy (vitamin C deficiency)
  • HIV/AIDS
  • Oral cancer

Your Midtown Dental Care dentist diagnoses the cause of your swollen gums, prescribes an appropriate treatment, and either treats the underlying condition that is causing it or refers you to another specialist.

How can I prevent swollen gums?

The best way to prevent swollen gums is to take excellent care of your teeth and gums by:

  • Eating a healthy, fiber-rich diet filled with fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Brushing your teeth gently but thoroughly after each meal
  • Gently flossing at least once a day under the gum line
  • Seeing your Midtown Dental Care dentist twice a year for a professional cleaning

Keep your gums healthy and strong by scheduling an appointment at Midtown Dental Care today by phone or online form.

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