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Are swollen gums the same thing as ulcers?

Are swollen gums the same thing as ulcers?

Not necessarily: Ulcers on the gum are individual outbreaks of a virus. The ulcer will run its course and can be treated with different medications being put directly on it. These can give the feeling of swollen gums. Gum disease can also cause swollen gums. This disease is caused by bacteria and needs to be treated with cleanings, medication and education by your dentist. ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Bolhack
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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more


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What is the best thing to do for swollen gums?

What is the best thing to do for swollen gums?

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. ...Read more

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How do I treat swollen gums?

How do I treat swollen gums?

Gum massage: Massage gums with sesame seed oil first thing in the morning. ...Read more

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How can I treat swollen gums?

How can I treat swollen gums?

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. ...Read more

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How can I relieve swollen gums?

How can I relieve swollen gums?

Debride: Most cases, swollen gums are related to debris and inflamation. You must remove the debris and keep it clean to get the inflamation to go down. Start with a good cleaning with your hygienist and there are some prescriptions oral rinses that can help reduce the bacterial count to help reduce inflamation. ...Read more

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What i can do for swollen gums?

What i can do for swollen gums?

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. ...Read more

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What disease could I have with swollen gums?

What disease could I have with swollen gums?

See below: Swollen gums usually means gum disease. Sometimes systemic diseases or hormones can affect the gums. You should be evaluated by a periodontist and perhaps your physician if necessary. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: swollen gums?

What is the definition or description of: swollen gums?

Could be gingivitis.: 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 cancer, alzheimer's and others. ...Read more

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What to do if I really want to improve my swollen gums?

What to do if I really want to improve my swollen gums?

Gingivitis : Swollen gums can be a sign that you are at risk for, or already have, gum disease. The bacteria and other particles, constantly form a sticky, colorless toxic “plaque” on teeth causing the gums to become inflamed and to easily bleed. This is a serious problem, which should be checked by a dentist. The good news is that this condition is curable. Call your dentist today! ...Read more

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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


Ulceration (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a bodily membrane that impedes the organ of which that membrane is a part from continuing its normal functions. Ulcers are further classified by their location, for example; ...Read more