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Are swollen gums caused by stress?

Are swollen gums caused by stress?

No: Stress alone doesn't cause swollen gums. It is the build-up of plaque and tarter that sets the stage. Stress does contribute to how your body deals with this accumulation. If you are stressed, your body may secrete more cortisol, a substance that helps promote bleeding gums and inflammation, which will cause more swelling. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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What are some causes for sore, swollen gums?

What are some causes for sore, swollen gums?

Many reasons: Gum disease causing gingival inflammation. Localized bone loss causing improper drainage leads to swollen gum. Food impaction leads to swollen gum. Periodontal abscess. Tooth abscess with draining tract along the gum. Localized trauma. See your dentist to treat the cause, not the symptom. ...Read more

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What could cause swollen gums?

What could cause swollen gums?

Many things: Infection, periodontal disease, hormonal changes, and medications are all possible causes. ...Read more

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What are the common causes for swollen gums?

What are the common causes for swollen gums?

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. ...Read more

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Waking up with swollen gums, then throughout the day it goes back down. Repeat the next day. Causes?

Inflammation: Your gingival tissues are inflamed. When is the last time you've had a professional dental cleaning? If it is more than six months, now is the time to call for an appointment. Let a local dentist determine how severe your problem is. ...Read more

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What causes swollen gums on one side of mouth?

What causes swollen gums on one side of mouth?

Infection?: Swollen gums are most likely due to an infection, which could be from several sources. It warrants an immediate visit to the dentist to determine the cause and appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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Can novocaine at dentist cause swollen gums?

Can novocaine at dentist cause swollen gums?

Possibly: Novacaine itself hasnt been used for many years but many people use the term to describe a dental anesthetic;anesthetics can temporarily swell gum tissue at the injection site until it is all metabolized and absorbed. The solution injected has to go somewhere. If you are referring to a generalized puffiness of all gums surrounding all or most teeth - that may be due to periodontal (gum) disease. ...Read more

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What is the cause of red, swollen gums around the teeth?

What is the cause of red, swollen gums around the teeth?

Swollen gums: Red and swollen gums are usually caused by bacteria around or under the gums secreting acid causing an infection called gingivitis. Bone loss that occurs is periodontal disease. Both need to be treated by a dentist by physically removing the bacteria with a cleaning, scaling & root planing, or periodontal surgery. Get an exam and xrays to see the difference of what you have. ...Read more

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Hello docs. I was wondering can vitamin B12 deficiendcy cause swollen gums?

Hello docs. I was wondering can vitamin B12 deficiendcy cause swollen gums?

Possibly: Vitamin c deficiency is the cause of gum problems along with improper brushing and not taking care of the gums with periodic cleanings( every 6 months ). B12 is very important vitamin that is involved in many functions as well. ...Read more

Swollen Gums (Definition)

Swelling in the gums is often the symptom of gingivitis or possilby more advanced periodontal disease. Left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss as well as many systemic problems- increased risk of stroke, heart attack, colon ...Read more


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Gums (Definition)

Gum are the pink soft tissue that forms a collar around our teeth, that collar acts as a gasket of sorts that protects the tooth roots and the bone that ...Read more