No one wants to suffer from mouth pain especially if it sore and swollen gums, which in some cases can cause bleeding. There are a variety of causes for sore and swollen gums, although the most common is gingivitis. The infection is found in gum tissue and affects around 47 percent of American adults, according to the American Dental Association. Luckily, there are a few simple ways to treat and relieve sore and swollen gums.
In some cases, the swelling of the gums can cause jaw and other types of mouth pain. One of the most effective methods to temporarily treat the pain is to an anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen. The medication will relieve the swelling and pain for a temporary period before you seek attention from a dental professional.
One of the best ways to relieve swollen gums is to apply a cold compress of some sort, whether it is an ice pack or frozen vegetables, to the affected area. Make sure to apply the compress to the skin over the gums and not inside the mouth. The coldness should numb your mouth and relieve some of the pain as well as reduce the inflammation. It is best if you apple a cold compress the swollen area a few times a day.
Many people aggravate their gums by brushing too aggressively and with a brush that has rough bristles. It is best that you brush your teeth gently for at least two minutes twice a day. The brush you use should have soft bristles so you can prevent your gums from bleeding.
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Whether you want to whiten your teeth, straighten your teeth or have a wisdom tooth extracted Catonsville Dental Care offers a wide variety of services when it comes to oral health. We have the experience and understanding to diagnose and treat any problem you have as quickly and painlessly as possible. With four dentists available at our office and commitment to comfort, safety and relaxation you can’t find a better provider for your health. We look forward to helping you keep your smile perfect all year long and talking with you about your needs. To schedule an appointment or consultation, visit us online or give us a call at 410-747-1115. For more tips and tricks follow us on Facebook, Flickr, Twitter, Google+ and YouTube.