Swollen Gums

Gums can get red and inflamed due to poor oral hygiene, plaque deposits, hormonal changes, certain drugs, vitamin C deficiency, etc. There may be associated symptoms of bleeding, bad breath and loose teeth.

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My gums have been swollen ever since I was discharged from the hospital after kidney surgery. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor,My gums have been swollen ever since I was discharged from the hospital after kidney surgery (me being the kidney donor) for the past week. I have noticed my gums feeling tender and swollen, causing my front teeth (upper and bottom) to hurt. However, my gums are not causing any bleeding, a...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Please be calm. The medications used for the treatment of kidneys may cause gingival hyperpigmentation and infection. I request you to please share the medicines you are taking to suggest precautions and preventio...  Read Full »

My gums are swollen, and I have a cavity. How can I treat it without going to the dentist?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 15 and I have been noticing that there is an orange substance building up on some of my teeth. My gums are swollen. There is a cavity in my canine tooth and I was wondering if there was any way I can fix it without going to a dentist because my family is very poor. So, would you r...  Read Full »


Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.Debris is getting deposited onto the tooth surface. The gums are inflamed due to the debris. Brush your tooth twice daily. Rinse your mouth after every meal. I suggest you get your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist.The cavity on the tooth surface is a cervical abrasio...  Read Full »

Can miscarriage cause problems in oral health?

Query: Hi doctor, I heard something yesterday, and I wanted to know if it is possible. Can having a miscarriage cause your teeth to fall out? What effects will it cause on your body? And how will it reflect on dental health? Thank you for your time.  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Arora

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Well, miscarriage does not directly cause dental problems, but hormonal changes do. During pregnancy, hormonal changes can cause gums to swell and enlarge with increased probability of gum and periodontal diseases. So, hormonal changes can be a culprit. If someone suffe...  Read Full »

Are multiple painful sores in the mouth indicative of canker sores?

Query: Hi doctor, I have multiple painful sores in my mouth that appeared two days ago. One being large, what I think to be a canker sore (kind of grey flesh with a bunch of swollen gum below it), one small sore (that is just two little dots in my mouth), and the other I have not looked at. I have had poo...  Read Full »


Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please be calm. They can be ANUG (acute necrotizing ulcerative gingivitis), lichen planus, canker sores (the grey color is descriptive of necrosis), or noma. So I suggest you please share pictures for confirmation of diagnosis. I would also suggest you do a biops...  Read Full »

Why did my gums swell when I tried to remove food particles?

Query: Hi doctor, I tried to get food out between my teeth. I feel like I have gotten my gum stuck between my teeth as I tried to get the food out. I feel pinching, and the gum is purple, swollen and bleeding. What do I do?  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Due to extra efforts, you have injured gum. It is inflamed, and that is why it is swollen. You can visit a dentist. Do not irritate the gum with tongue or nails. Brush the teeth slowly and carefully. I suggest antibiotics like capsule Amoxicillin 200 mg for two days tw...  Read Full »

Can accidentally injured gums during dental treatment get infected?

Query: Hi doctor,I went to the dentist five days ago for three fillings and he also cut my gum. I forgot what he called it, and I guess it as periodontal. It is burning because of gingivitis. As of two days ago, my gum on the opposite side was swollen and visible when I smile. It hurts to eat, touch, or ev...  Read Full »


Dr. Geeth Sadasivam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.The accidental cut of the gums at the dental clinic will not infect the gums. It might bleed for a few minutes and stop. Also, the gums would have been healed by now.The swelling you are talking about should be for some other reason. The description of pain you give makes ...  Read Full »

What is gingivitis and how to prevent it?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 64 years old with comorbidities. I have swollen gums in the area around my upper left molar. The pain is causing me discomfort, and it is the third day. My gums are painful, and perhaps it is the cause of my headache also. Can you please give me a remedy that does not include going ...  Read Full »


Dr. Charity Gaile Santiago

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I hope you are fine despite the pandemic. If your gum is the problem, you can use Orahex mouthwash (Chlorhexidine Gluconate, Sodium Fluoride, and Zinc Chloride). It is an antibiotic mouthwash for swollen gums. You need to use it twice a day for 14 days. There is a measu...  Read Full »

How to manage a decayed tooth presenting with swollen cheeks?

Query: Hello doctor, Yesterday I visited my dentist for a decayed tooth and infected gums. The dentist failed to extract the tooth, as Novocaine did not work because of the infection. Now my cheek is swollen and painful. I was prescribed Amoxicillin and Vicodin.  Read Full »


Dr. Tinu Thampy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The swelling of your cheek is due to infection extending from your tooth and root apex into the underlying bone and the facial surface and has reached the soft tissues (muscle and fat). This infection can spread further to the adjacent areas and cause bacteremia (bacteri...  Read Full »

How to get rid of pain due to swollen gums?

Query: Hi doctor, My mom is having a lot of trouble because of her swollen gums. Her swollen gums are getting worse. We cannot go to a doctor nearby because of the COVID-19. Her premolar and molar teeth, three in a sequence, are infected. They all are causing the pain because of the cavity. She had to go ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I went through your query, and I am deeply moved by the current condition of your mother. She is in too much pain, and I know the level of discomfort she has been through. As a specialist, I would like to help her.Since she is a kidney donor so medications must be given ...  Read Full »

Why do my gums get swollen very often?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a swollen gum problem repeatedly, and earlier, when I was suffering from the same issue, they suggested Metrogyl 400 tablet. Right now, I am not able to contact her as she is not in town.  Read Full »


Dr. Ummah Mohammad

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. There are two issues basically you need to understand. What your doctor gave you for a temporary solution is quite fine, you can take the same course of medicine again, along with that you can also do warm water and salt rinse 3 to 4 tim...  Read Full »

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