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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What Causes Swollen Gums?

Not all dental problems call for you to knock on the dentist’s door. Some may require psychological help; others may be cured through gynecological treatment. For example, swollen gums are a very common symptom. It could be an indicator of something as severe as periodontitis or as trivial as exam stress. Treatment of swollen gums mainly depends upon what causes swollen gums.

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Poor Oral Hygiene

If you think you are taking proper care of your dental needs just by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, then I am afraid you are wrong. A good oral hygiene program also requires regular dental checkups and professional cleanings. Even a slight ignorance on your part may cause swollen gums which are painful and discomforting to deal with.

Hormonal Variations

It is common for girls to have swollen gums during menstruation, menopause or pregnancy. Moreover, people suffering from hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism also get swollen gums on a frequent basis. If you are going through any kind of hormonal changes, don’t waste your time and money by visiting the dentist. Ask your nurse to refer the right medical doctor for you.

Mental Stress

Peer pressure, exam stress and relationship breakups are a few examples of psychological stress. It is related to the nervous system which controls and may affect any part of your body. Stress can cause swollen gums, mouth ulcers, hormonal variations, heart disease and so forth. If your gums start swelling every time exams come near, then it’s not a dentist’s call. You need to overcome your stress or consult a psychologist to help you with it.

Gum Diseases

Swollen gums can be the cause of gum diseases like periodontitis and gingivitis. This is the time when you really need to see your dentist. But how would you know if you are suffering from any gum disease? This takes us to the requisites of a good oral hygiene program which requires you to visit your dentist at least twice a year.

Vitamin Deficiency

Lack of certain vitamins and nutrients also causes the gums to swell - vitamin C and vitamin D being the most important among them. Nutritional deficiencies weaken the immune system and the dental tissues thereby making it difficult for them to fight off bacteria and diseases.

Adverse Reaction

Swollen gums may also be the result of an adverse reaction to a medicine. People taking routine medications for blood pressure or diabetes mostly suffer from inflamed and swollen gums.

Swollen Gums In Children

Apart from the above mentioned reasons, there are some other factors that may cause swollen gums in children. First and foremost is their attraction to candy and ice cream. Dental bacteria are highly stimulated by sugary stuff. This attraction coupled with a child’s quick habit of brushing leaves remnants of sugar on the teeth. This causes the bacteria to create cavities and cause infection. Kids suffering from Kindler syndrome also have swollen gums.

Do not run to your dentist every time your gums start swelling. If it’s not a dental issue, then you will end up having a non-routine professional cleaning or a sound lecture on oral care practices. Keep yourself aware of different symptoms and causes, and then make an appointment with the required medical professional.
Kevin Kerfoot writes about health, nutrition, oral hygiene and skin care for Trusted Health Products’ natural health blog and newsletter.

Carolina Monroe Written by: Carolina
Way To Be Healthy Updated at: 5:29 AM

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