You may catch a glimpse of your smile in a passing reflection or as you’re staring at your smile when you brush and floss. If you don’t see what you usually see, which is hopefully flat, light pink gum tissue, then you may wonder why you’re seeing swollen tissue. Why are swollen gums suddenly a characteristic representing your smile, you wonder? Before you become frantic, remember that we are here to help you! Schedule a visit, talk with us, and we will have a plan in place in no time. As for some possible reasons this is happening, consider common explanations to get started.
#1: Gum Disease
One very common reason you may be seeing swollen gums in the mirror? You may have gum disease. It may be gingivitis or it may be a more advanced stage of gum inflammation. You see, this is what happens if you’re not brushing and flossing your best, if you’ve missed visits, or if anything else is causing bacteria to remain in contact with gum tissue for extended durations. Gums become swollen, which can lead to infection. Schedule an appointment with us soon, so we may address this progressive oral illness.
#2: You Ate Something Your Gums Dislike
There are a few things your gum tissue may not like, which may lead to swollen gums. First, if you eat something or use a product you are sensitive or allergic to, gums may swell. This should subside on its own (or with the help of your doctor). If you eat foods that are too hot, your gums may swell. If you eat very spicy foods, this may also cause your gums to swell! Keep an eye on the foods, products, and literal (and figurative) temperature of the items that enter your mouth to determine what you may need to avoid in the future to keep gum tissue calm.
Protect Your Gum Health By Scheduling An Appointment
Setting up a visit with us when you notice puffy gums is the best decision you can make to protect your oral health. To learn more, schedule an appointment with your dentist by calling Allen & Neumann Family Dentistry in Pella, IA, today at (641) 628-1121.