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what can i do with my swollen gums?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Lots of care: I wold begin with getting a good soft tooth brush or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and use it diligently. Then i would make sure to floss after each meal, diligently, even if it hurts, even if there is bleeding. I would use a salt water rinse after each brush/floss and use a good mouth wash. You may need antibiotics, antibiotic mouth rinse and see a dentist soon. Take vitamin c too!
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
See dentist: If your gums are giving you a problem it is really best not to self treat. You should sek professional help to prevent things from getting worse.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 20 years experience
Dental care: With good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy. Floss daily, brush after meals, consider a water pik, and see your dentist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist about other considerations.
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Lots of care: I wold begin with getting a good soft tooth brush or electric toothbrush with soft bristles and use it diligently. Then i would make sure to floss after each meal, diligently, even if it hurts, even if there is bleeding. I would use a salt water rinse after each brush/floss and use a good mouth wash. You may need antibiotics, antibiotic mouth rinse and see a dentist soon. Take vitamin c too!
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Many reasons: There can be many reasons for swollen or inflamed gums. Several common reasons are: improper brushing debris on the teeth calculous formation hormonal changes medications infections periodontal disease.
Dr. Ronald Achong
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 18 years experience
Depends: Depends on the cause of the swelling of the gums. Most likely you have gum disease and a dental cleaning is needed. Sometimes some medications can cause gingival hyperplasia causing the gums to swell. In this case you will require surgery to reduce the bulkiness of the gums (but this is uncommon). Please consult your dentist.
Dr. Peter Eng
Dentistry 33 years experience
Chlorohexidine rinse: Swollen gums are usually indication of gum inflammation. See your dentist for cleaning and rinse with chlorohexidine which can be prescribe by your dentist. Further gum treatment may be required if evaluation shows there is a periodontal problem.
Dr. Robert Ryan
Dentistry 50 years experience
Professional exam: An exam is needed to determine the nature of swollen gums. If it is due to accumulation of plaque and calculus (calcified plaque), it should be removed by a dentist or hygienist. Afterwards, home care should include brushing, flossing and the use of prescribed rinses (chlorhexidine, hypochlorite and maybe an iodine solution). Warm salt water and peroxide help, also.
Dr. TOM WRIGHT
Periodontics 47 years experience
See your dentist: Swollen gums are a symptom of gingivitis. This is the first step in the development of periodontal disease and it is important to control this problem at this stage.
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
See a dentist.: Have an exam and a consultation. The dentist will let you know how dire your condition is... Hopefully all you need is a good professional cleaning.
Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
See your dentist: To determine the cause, extent and treatment required. The most common cause of swollen gums is poor oral hygiene and inflammation from plaque and calculus. However, there are many other dental and medical causes that need to be ruled out.

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What disease could I have with swollen gums?

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What are some treatments to swollen gums?

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Dr. Seth Rosen
Specializes in Dentistry
Gum Disease: Try using an antiseptic mouthwash every day, but if you have swollen gums you probably have gum disease. You should visit a dentist to diagnose this properly. You may require a deep cleaning, called scaling and root planing, by your dentist to treat the problem.
Dr. Eric Linden
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I would suggest a consultation with a Periodontist in your area. They can give you a diagnosis and treatment plan.
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Dr. Gary Sandler
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Only one way: There is only one way that works. See a dentist to evaluate the cause and treat you accordingly. There are no magic home remedies.

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