Why Are My Gums Swollen Around One Tooth?

Sep 17, 2023

Swollen gums describe when an individual’s gums inflame and become puffy, which can exclusively happen around one singular tooth. While gum inflammation is common, swelling over one tooth is much less common and may be an indicator of a serious oral health problem. Gum inflammation is often painful, which is why we’re driven to explain the causes, symptoms, treatments, and preventative measures to ensure that your swollen gums can recede as quickly as possible.

Causes of Swollen Gums

Puffy swollen gums are uncomfortable, and some of its’ causes can be attributed to poorly maintained oral health. Gum inflammation, particularly around one tooth, can happen for various reasons, which includes:

  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Unremoved food debris can cause plaque buildup, which may result in gum disease. In these situations, gum redness, halitosis, loose teeth, or bleeding gums may all be observed around the swollen tooth. To prevent future issues, make sure to floss with GumChucks! GumChucks special C-Shape motion will ensure that food particles don’t buildup in-between your teeth.
  • Gum Disease: Also called periodontitis, gum disease is the most common and painful result of gum inflammation. In early stages, plaque builds up in the mouth causing gums to swell, this process is called gingivitis. Gingivitis can be easily prevented if one simply flosses it away with GumChucks. Although, if left untreated, the bacteria on your teeth will began releasing enamel-decaying acid that gets entrenched in the gum line. Over time, this plaque begins to harden, infect, and inflame the gums.
  • Tooth Abscess: If a cavity is neglected, it can result in a tooth infection and abscess that needs to be addressed immediately. Tooth abscesses can lead to serious health problems beyond swollen gums, although, swelling around one tooth can be a signally indicator.
  • Malnutrition: While more uncommon, being deficient in certain vitamins, such as vitamins C & B, can cause gum swelling.

Symptoms of Swollen Gums

A number of painful symptoms are associated with swollen gums, which includes:

  • A gross salty taste in your mouth.
  • Pain when you chew food.
  • Jaw or face swelling.
  • Having a fever.
  • Pus-filled pimples on the gums.

Swollen Gum Treatments

When swollen gums last longer than two weeks, it’s important that you schedule an appointment with your dental professional. In the meantime, there are some home remedies that you can simply do to help treat your swollen gums, which includes:

  • Try not to further irritate your inflamed gums, although make sure you’re gently flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day.
  • Rid your mouth of unwanted bacteria by rinsing your mouth with a saltwater solution.
  • Avoid drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco.
  • Stay hydrated as drinking lots of water helps stimulate saliva production.
  • Alternate between placing a warm and cold compress on your affected side to decrease pain and swelling.
  • Believe it or not, maintaining stress levels and keeping calm has been linked to decreased rates of swollen gums.

Treat Swollen Gums with GumChucks

Flossing is the only way to remove plaque from between your teeth, which helps prevent your gums from accumulating plaque and eventually swelling. Additionally, flossing regularly helps keep tartar out of hard-to-reach places. GumChucks’ design ensures a flossing experience that’s faster, easier, and more effective than competing flossers or traditional floss. Our two handles with disposable floss allow you to comfortably reach all your teeth, even those in the back while wrapping the floss around each tooth. This creates the vital “C-Shape” necessary to get below the gum line and effectively clean each tooth.



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