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What Causes Gum Swelling Around The Tooth?

Posted on 11/1/2023 by Thomas Plunkett DMD
Asian woman holding the side of her mouth from pain should see Thomas Plunkett, DMD in Lakeland, FLYou may have noticed that you have a swollen gum when brushing or flossing your teeth. Worry and anxiety are likely reactions. Gum swelling, also called gingival, is a common dental issue. When you have this issue, you will likely experience sensitivity, irritation, and pain. The condition can be due to underlying gum disease or cavities. It can also point to other health conditions. If you have a swollen gum, here are some of the potential causes:

Abscessed Tooth

When bacteria infect your gums, a pocket of pus looking like a pimple or boil will appear. The infection makes your gums swell and become reddish and painful. The condition occurs due to poor oral hygiene and habits. You can also suffer from this condition if you have weak immunity.


Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease. The disease causes irritation and swelling of your gums. You may not know whether you have gingivitis as its symptoms are mild. Without treatment, the disease advances to periodontitis, which can lead to tooth loss. Poor dental hygiene and plaque formation is the cause of this condition. Plaque can advance into tartar, which harbors bacteria, leading to gingivitis.

Vitamin Deficiencies

Swollen gums are not a reflection of dental issues only. They can be indicators of potential vitamin deficiencies that are essential in your gum and teeth repair process. Vitamin B and C are good examples of vitamins whose deficiency can lead to swelling of your gums. A drop of vitamin C leads to scurvy, which causes gum diseases. Improving your diet can help you meet the nutrients and vitamins needs in your body and save you from swollen gums.

Consulting a dentist to examine your swollen gum can help determine the underlying cause and prescribe the right treatment. Visit our office today for professional assistance if you struggle with gum swelling.

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