Swollen gums around teeth are a warning sign that you would do well not to overlook.
As if life wasn’t complex enough, Mother Nature keeps on tossing odd unexplained illnesses at us, just to make life more interesting.
Should You Disregard a Sudden Swelling?
However, when you notice a sudden mysterious swelling on your gums, your first instinct (well… it was mine) might be to wait and see if it clears up by itself. Many minor disorders do just that. Occasional rashes or odd aches and pains can oftentimes disappear just as fast as they came.
Do You Have Any of These Complications?
With swollen gums around a tooth, you might be wise to give this seemingly small ailment some closer inspection:
- How long has it been there?
- Is it painful?
- Is it accompanied by redness or soreness?
- Do you experience bleeding when you brush your teeth?
Even if these questions fail to yield any conclusive answers, a swelling on the gums is not something you would willingly want to ignore; and there are some very solid reasons for this.
Maybe You Don’t Have a Problem
If you have just had some invasive dental work adjacent to the swelling, this may explain what is happening. Your gum tissue has been shaken up and needs to settle down. This should take a few days to a week.
If you have no explanation as to what is causing the swelling, you may be experiencing the early stages of gum disease and there are a few cast-iron reasons why you should not ignore what’s happening.
If There’s No Obvious Explanation You Need to Take Action
As you may know, your mouth is full of bacteria. There are 22 different types of micro-organisms living in your mouth right now; and many of them are harmful.
Oral bacteria are responsible for causing bad breath and gum disease. Although bad breath is usually noticed by friends and family, any gum deterioration is an ongoing process that can take many years before the underlying damage to your gums becomes noticeable.
Gum Disease is Sneaky
One of the worst aspects of gum disease is that it works away under your gums where it can’t be seen. It only starts to show itself when the damage affects your gums. You might see some bleeding from your gums or experience a little soreness. It might appear as some localized swelling of the gums.
The reason these symptoms should not be ignored are compelling.
Gum disease which is left untreated will continue to deteriorate. It never gets better by itself. It won’t simply go away. And advanced gum disease can cause teeth to become loose and in extreme cases teeth can even fall out. This happens surprisingly often.
The Most Compelling Reason of All
Slightly more sinister is the news that reputable scientists around the world in the USA, Australia and the UK have studied extensive tests that indicate a strong association between the occurrence of gum disease and life-threatening conditions …