Gum Swollen around One Tooth
Gum swelling is popularly understood as an inflammatory change in the gums. Swollen gums are a widespread symptom and could mean many things. The most common reason for swollen gums is gingivitis. In the United States, almost half of adults show signs of gingivitis. Your gums can swell around all your teeth or around just one. Regardless, it is worth talking to your dentist should you have swollen gums.
What is gingivitis?
The gums, together with the jawbone and fine fibers, make up the teeth holding apparatus. In most cases, inflammation of the gums, or gingivitis, is caused by bacteria in the oral cavity. After eating, bacteria form plaque on your teeth, and, if the oral hygiene is poor, this plaque solidifies in the form of tartar. From there, bacteria can spread particularly well to the gums and the gums and cause inflammation. The area of the gums immediately adjacent to the tooth is most often affected, more precisely the gap between the tooth and the gum. Without treatment, the inflammation of the gums can develop into periodontitis (inflammation of the gum tissue). In the worst case, the teeth will loosen and eventually fall out. Gingivitis comes in different forms and will worsen if not treated properly. The regular removal of stubborn bacterial deposits by the dentist helps to keep teeth and gums healthy.
If you have swelling around just one tooth, or several, it is advisable to see your dentist if home remedies don’t work. That being said, there are a few things you can try at home to alleviate your symptoms.
Emergency Tips For Gum Inflammation - These Home Remedies Help:
- Thorough oral hygiene: If you have sensitive gums, you should use a soft toothbrush and floss.
- Chamomile and sage: Rinse your mouth several times a day with chamomile or sage tea. This has a disinfecting and calming effect on the inflamed gums.
- Salt water: dissolve a teaspoon of salt in a glass of water. You can use the solution as a mouthwash or apply it directly to the affected areas with a toothbrush.
- Apple cider vinegar: Apple cider vinegar stimulates the flow of saliva, has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Mix two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar with a glass of water and gargle with it half an hour before brushing your teeth.
- Massage: Even if your gums are bleeding, dentists recommend massaging them with a toothbrush. This stimulates blood circulation and accelerates healing.
- Tea bag: place a tea bag on the inflamed area and leave it on for five minutes. Black tea is best for this. The tannin it contains provides relief.
- Ginger: Ginger has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Drink ginger tea and gargle with it several times a day.
- Coconut Oil: Massage the oil on the affected area.
- Lavender: Gargle with it or drink lavender tea. A mouthwash with water and three drops of lavender oil is also recommended.
- Essential oils: Clove, peppermint and tea tree oils can be used as a mouthwash by adding two to three drops to a glass of water. Gargle with it several times a day and then rinse out your mouth.