Although this condition is often easily preventable with proper oral care, there are several factors that could contribute to the formation of inflamed gums. For example, certain medical conditions or medications can cause dry mouth that allows bacteria to flourish. Use of tobacco products could also play a role.
Regardless of the cause, however, you do have options for treatment when you notice that your gums have become inflamed.
Proper Oral CareThe best way to prevent and treat inflamed gums is with proper oral care. This means brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash after every meal, or at least in the morning and evening when you’re at home.
You might want to speak with your dentist to make sure you’re doing these things properly and using the right products. Most of us haven’t had a lesson in brushing since the age of five or six. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course.
In addition, some products may be better suited to your particular condition. If, for example, a needed medication is causing dry mouth, you might want to try a mouthwash that helps to keep your mouth hydrated and combats dry symptoms and bacterial growth.
Home RemediesIf you’ve started practicing proper oral care but you’re still experiencing symptoms of swollen gums, you might want to try a common home remedy like swishing with salt water or a mixture of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide (1-3%). These rinses should help to reduce the bacteria responsible for swelling – just make sure not to swallow them.
Of course, these homemade rinses are comparable to regular mouthwash, so you needn’t use both. Just keep in mind that these products won’t remove plaque that has already formed.