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A 44-year-old member asked:

can tea bags help with swollen gums?

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Dr. Janelle Ferber-Stumpf
Dentistry 38 years experience
No, not likely: I have heard of using tea bags to help stop bleeding after an extraction. The tannic acids along with pressure from biting on the bag helps to control minor bleeding. Tea is not helpful in reducing gum inflammation . You need to see a dentist and find the cause of your inflammation . Only with a correct diagnosis can your problem be resolved.
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Can help temporarily: The tannic acid i tea bags can help decrease the swelling and pain of an infection. But this is not a substitute for dental treatment. This is temporary until you can get to a dentist. Where there is swollen gums, there is an infection that needs to be treated. So see a dentist for this problem.

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A 52-year-old member asked:

How do I treat swollen gums?

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Dr. Indu Lal
Dr. Indu Lal answered
Pediatrics 50 years experience
Gum massage: Massage gums with sesame seed oil first thing in the morning.
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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.
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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.
A 28-year-old member asked:

How common is it for somebody to get swollen gums?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Swollen gums: The most common cause of swollen gums is poor dental hygiene (not brushing enough). In this case the gums also tend to bleed when brushed. Swollen gums is very unusual for a person with good dental hygiene. Other causes include allergies, drug reaction (particularly dilantin), leukemia, and other disease that can cause infiltration of tissues with cells or abnormal proteins.
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I've been feeling more tired and have some swollen gums. When should I see the doctor?

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Dr. Raffia Qutab
Family Medicine 14 years experience
Swollen gums: Right away please.

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