Swollen gums indicates a gum disease. Redness, bleeding from the gums either on brushing or spontaneous bleeding can be the associated symptoms. Talk to your dentist if you have any of these conditions in your gums. Generally, a through scaling by your dentist or dental hygienist will help resolve the issue.
However, remember to treat swollen gums with care. Here are some tips for at-home care
- Soothe your gums by brushing and flossing gently, so you don’t irritate them. Use a soft brush preferably or dip your brush in warm water for a couple of minutes before brushing.
- Rinse your mouth with a lukewarm saltwater solution to rid your mouth of bacteria.
- Drink lots of water. Water will help to keep you hydrated and the mouth moist and hence weakens disease-causing bacteria in the mouth.
- Avoid irritants, including strong mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Place a warm compress over your face to lessen gum pain. A cold compress can help decrease swelling.