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A 47-year-old member asked:

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.
Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Many things: Infection, periodontal disease, hormonal changes, and medications are all possible causes.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Does bruxism cause your gums to itch?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
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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A 38-year-old member asked:

What disease could I have with swollen gums?

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Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 43 years experience
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.
A 44-year-old member asked:

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.
A 33-year-old member asked:

The gums behind my top four front teeth are swollen. What causes this?

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Dr. Dominick Curalli
Dentistry 20 years experience
Inflammation: If it has been a long time since you had your teeth cleaned, there may be tartar and calculus below your gumline. This can cause the gums in the area to swell. Other possibilities are food stuck below the gumline or even an abscessed tooth that needs to be treated. Whichever it is, your best bet is to schedule a visit to your dentist and have it properly diagnosed and treated.
A 32-year-old member asked:

My left side of my gum close to the last tooth was swollen, but then when I sneezed it popped and deflated. What could have the swelling have been caused by?

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Dr. Theodore Davantzis
Dentistry 40 years experience
Infection ?: That's a good possibility. Sneezing did not solve the problem, the swelling will be back. It's best you have that tooth evaluated by a local dentist. It may have periodontal or endodontic problems. Feel better soon...

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