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what are the common causes for swollen gums?

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Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 42 years experience
Number of causes: Swollen gums can be due to a number of possible causes. Periodontal disease, acute and chronic infections, some medications, cysts and/or tumors, malpositioned unerupted teeth, and exostosi (benign dense bone growths) are some possible causes for gums to appear swollen.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Many causes: Many things can cause swelling of the gums. Some of the most common reasons are periodontal disease, an abscess, a cyst, or a viral infection.

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Does bruxism cause your gums to itch?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
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Itching gums: Good question. Some people describe (particuarly if teeth are damaged to root exposure) that there is a numbness of tingling of gums on affected side (this can be one or both). It is nto the bruxism iself but rather the damage to teeth and gum structures.
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What disease could I have with swollen gums?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
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Periodontal disease: Mostly due to inadequate hygiene (floss, brush), localized infection, "pockets", can be seen (uncommonly) with deficiencies of vitamin c, folic acid. Can be seen due to some meds, can be seen (uncommon to rare) with some leukemias, lymphomas; allergic reactions to flavorings (cinnamon among them). See your dentist first. Can get special mouth washes, checked for other problems.
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Is gum swelling linked to other diseases of the body?

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Dr. Michael Depietro
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Maybe: Swollen bleeding gums can be a sign of a dental problem like periodontist which itself has many causes and needs evaluation by a dentist.
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A 27-year-old member asked:

Is there a medication I can take for swollen gums?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Depends on cause: Swollen gums from viral infections usually don't have a curative medication, but just meds for pain, such as tylenol (acetaminophen) or anesthetics like baby teething gel. Swollen gums from bacterial dental disease may benefit from antibiotics similar to penicillin. The dentist or primary care doctor can evaluate to see what medicine is best.
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What could cause swollen gums?

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Dr. George Anastassov
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 34 years experience
Many factors: May be anything from poor oral hygiene to certain medications, e.g. Cephallosporins, anticonvulsants to pregnancy.

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