Sometimes, you’ll experience swelling to your gum tissue and it will be temporary and nothing to worry about. We might refer to this as “normal” because it’s not indicative of or going to lead to oral health problems or damage. Then, there’s inflammation that is abnormal, which means that it is a sign that something is wrong and will likely continue to cause additional problems for your smile. How to know what’s what? We can break down some of the more common details for you! When it doubt, however, call us up.
When You Irritate Your Gum
When you put your finger in your mouth and accidentally scratch your gum tissue or when you floss too hard without meaning to, etc., you may irritate your gum. As a result, it may swell in the affected area. As long as this swelling goes down within a couple days, your oral health is fine!
When You Haven’t Flossed In A While
If it’s been a long time since you have flossed, your gums may swell when you start back up. If we haven’t seen you in awhile, you should come in! If we just saw you and we discussed your gums, you know they’re healthy, and it’s time to start flossing again, then the inflammation should subside and is A-OK.
When You Floss Daily
If you floss daily but you notice your gums look swollen one day, then call us. We’ll need to check in on your oral health to be sure everything is just fine.
When You’re Not Doing Your Best
Skipping flossing or brushing sessions? Seeing puffy gums? Contact us! This is probably a sign of gum disease.
See Us Soon If You Experience Swollen Gums
Remember that it’s best to err on the side of caution and to come visit us for care if you notice swollen gums. Schedule care with your Southlake, TX dentist today by calling Gregory Wright, DDS at (817) 481-7999. We gladly serve patients from Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and surrounding areas.