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A 52-year-old member asked:

How do i treat swollen gums?

4 doctor answers5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lalanswered
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Gum massage: Massage gums with sesame seed oil first thing in the morning.
Dr. Terri Silverman
Dentistry 42 years experience
See your dentist: Swollen gums are usually caused by build up of plaque and tarter. There are other issues that can cause swelling, such as an abscessed tooth and certain medical conditions, the best course of action is to see your dentist for a proper diagnosis, if you do have gum disease, they will recommend the proper treatment, as well as tell you how what you need to do at home.
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 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. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
See your dentist: Swollen gums can be caused by a number of things including irritants to the gums such as plaque and calculus, food, etc. There are also some medications that can cause the gums to swell. You should see your dentist to determine the cause and and have the appropriate therapy initiated.

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A 34-year-old member asked:

How do you treat swollen gums when you have braces?

3 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Christopher Dowd
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Gum care: Dental care can be harder with braces. However, with good, regular dental care, you're gums should become healthy and stop being swollen. Floss daily (thread it beneath the braces), brush after meals, use a water pik, and see your dentist & orthodontist regularly. If you follow this and still have problems, talk with your dentist/orthodontist about other considerations.
Last updated Aug 4, 2015
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