When to Seek Medical Attention for a Gum Problem

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If you are going to get married in a few days, getting sick or injured is something you want to avoid. You don’t want to ruin the most important day of your life just because you cannot walk down the aisle due to a sprain or foot injury. Similarly, you don’t like bothered during your big day because of a tooth or gum pain.

Sometime ago on one of the weddings I was organizing, the bride experienced extreme pain in her gums. In fact, when I checked it, the upper gum was really swollen. And it was not there the day before. She still managed to finish the ceremony until the reception and pretended as if she was not feeling the pain. But I knew she just endured it so that her wedding will be a success.

Every time I think about that awkward situation, I always thought I wished I was able to help her during that moment. But I don’t know anything about pain relief for painful gums. What I know is tooth pain relief.

When people think about dental wellness, most of the attention is on preventing cavities and making sure that their teeth are healthy. But caring for the gums is just as important. And a painful gum may just feel as painful as a toothache. So if you are doing your best to avoid a toothache, you should also do your best to avoid gum problems.

It is estimated that over three-fourths of Americans age 35 and above have or had periodontal disease, otherwise known as gum disease. While most of these patients suffer from a less severe form of gum disease called gingivitis, around five to 15 percent suffer from a more serious condition called periodontitis.

One of the common causes of gingivitis is the lack of proper dental hygiene. When a person does not brush her teeth thoroughly after eating, this promotes bacterial growth in the mouth. Some of these bacteria may cause gums to become inflamed, resulting to bleeding or swollen gums. So, if you always forget to brush amidst your busyness, or worst, always sleep without brushing your teeth, you are at risk of developing gum disease.

dentistFortunately for those with gingivitis, this condition is not really painful and it is also treatable. Be sure to see your dentist and start with proper oral hygiene. However, if you continue on with poor oral hygiene, your condition might worsen and could possibly advance into periodontitis, or it may cause you to lose your teeth.

Some of the symptoms of gingivitis to watch out for include shifting or loose teeth, bad taste in the mouth, persistent bad breath, bleeding gums during and after brushing, receding gums, tender gums, and red or swollen gums. You should also carefully observe if your teeth start to form deep pockets in between, or if there are changes in the way your teeth bites. These are serious symptoms of a gum disease that needs immediate medical attention.