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Do you consider often the health of your gums when caring for your teeth? You have probably heard of gum disease, but there are many health issues that can cause problems in your gums tissue. We encourage you to learn the causes and treatments of swollen gums so that you can address this issue with your own smile.

Swollen gums are most often the result of gum disease, which means your gums cannot return to original health until the problem is treated. Other causes of swollen gums include illness, medications, malnutrition, pregnancy, and ill-fitting dental appliances.

Determining the cause of your swollen gums helps you to know your treatment options. You can try some home remedies, such as applying cold or warm compresses to your skin (not directly on the gums), rinsing your mouth with salt water, numbing your smile with an agent such as benzocaine, and eating cold food to soothe discomfort in your swollen gums.

If you have developed swollen gums, we encourage you to contact Chet B. Hawkins DDS Inc at 281-488-4242 today and schedule an appointment. Our dentist, Dr. Chet B. Hawkins, can develop a treatment plan to reduce the swelling and address any underlying causes of gum swelling in Houston, Texas.