When Do Swollen Gums Become an Emergency?

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Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many dentists can only accept emergency appointments. This puts a strain on all of us since we want to keep our teeth sparkly clean and our smiles beautiful. Additionally, many of us don’t know what constitutes a dental emergency. In other words, we don’t know when is the appropriate time to call our dentist. Fortunately, at Center For Advanced Dentistry, we are open for all types of care, including preventative.

Let’s be perfectly clear. Any pain or discomfort that causes a change in the way you chew, eat, or speak is a dental emergency. This includes swollen gums, which cause pain, discomfort, and can even lead to other maladies. 

closeup of a woman pointing to her red, swollen gums

Swollen Gums Are a Serious Concern 

Everyone has some bacteria in their mouth. It’s just natural. But, that bacteria can become a problem if there is too much of it. When the bacteria adds up, you can develop periodontal gum disease. 

As the disease gets worse, your gums will not only swell but they will begin to cause pain and discomfort. In other cases, your gums will bleed with the smallest irritation, such as eating or brushing your teeth. Also, your gum disease could become so harmful that it causes tooth erosion or loose teeth. Erosion occurs because your gums will both swell and recede. During those receding periods, the roots of your teeth can loosen and become unstable. 

Here at Center for Advanced Dentistry, we are open for business and ready to treat your painful or irritating gum disease. We’re also open for preventive dentistry so you can avoid gum disease in the first place! If your swollen gums are causing you discomfort, schedule an appointment with Dr. White today. 

Swollen Gums Can Cause Other Diseases 

Not only can gum disease cause pain and tooth erosion but it can also lead to other diseases. The inflammation in your gums can spread through your veins, ultimately causing heart disease. The risk of diabetes and heart attack increases greatly when someone has gum disease. 

People who have gum disease are two to three times more likely to have cardiovascular problems, such as stroke or heart attack. Research proves that this has a major link to the inflammation caused by the bacteria that builds due to gum disease. That bacteria travels through the veins from your gums to your heart, increasing inflammation throughout your entire body. 

Your Dentist in Nashville, Tennessee

If you experience painful gums, swollen gums, or bloody gums, visit your dentist. Here at Center for Advanced Dentistry, gum disease is a high priority, for your smile and your overall health. To schedule an appointment with Dr. White, including for preventive care, call us at (615) 383-6787.