Swollen Gums Overview
Another name for Swollen Gums is Gingivitis.
What is gingivitis?
A person with gingivitis has irritation and swelling of the gums that surround the teeth. Gingivitis is caused by dental plaque: a mixture of bacteria, acid, food, and saliva. Plaque can crystallize to form a very hard coating, called tartar. Plaque and tartar irritate the gums, causing gingivitis. Gingivitis is one of the most common dental diseases. About 90 percent of people in the US have had gingivitis. Gingivitis resolves with treatment and proper oral hygiene.
What are the symptoms of gingivitis?
Common symptoms of gingivitis include gum redness, gum swelling, painful gums, bad breath, dental pain, and a bad taste in the mouth. Symptoms of advanced gingivitis may include fever, facial pain, and facial swelling.
How does the doctor treat gingivitis?
Treatment for gingivitis may include oral antibiotics, antiseptic mouthwash, good oral hygiene, and regular dental cleanings.
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