Swollen gums are a common oral problem. It occurs in any age. Swelling around gums can be generalised or localised around a single tooth. Most of the times we think it’s because of gingivitis. But that’s not the only thing that causes swollen gums. Many other factors contribute to this problem.

Sandalwood Smiles, the best dental clinic in Brampton, is dedicated to educate its patients of the various reasons for which one can get swollen gums. Some of these insights are shared here. Read carefully if you’re experiencing swollen gums.


The most common reason for swollen gums, around 16 million people in Canada are suffering from gingivitis. Gingivitis is a disease of improper dental hygiene when there’s irregular scaling, cleaning and flossing, coupled with foods that cause increased plaque sans prophylaxis. Proper oral hygiene and good diet can keep this condition at bay.


We can’t stress more on the importance of including foods rich in Vitamin C in your diet. Scurvy is the deficiency disease of Vitamin C which results in swollen and profusely bleeding gums. Add citrus fruits in your diet.

Tooth abscess

An infection near the base of tooth causes localized swelling at first. Abscess formation occurs and if left unattended, it can lead to generalized swelling as infection engulfs the surrounding tissue as well. Don’t go by tried and tested traditional remedies if you notice an abscess. Antibiotic treatment and ultimately root canal treatment might be needed if the infection reaches tooth pulp.

Dental caries

Dental caries or cavities may lead to swollen gums if neglected for long. Get them treated ASAP.


There are various preventive measures you can follow to contain swollen gums and prevent that from happening. If you follow proper dental care routine regularly including brushing and flossing twice a day, coupled with a balanced low carb diet, half of your gum problems will vanish. Get scaling done once a while to prevent gingivitis and keep a healthy and positive attitude towards life.

If you notice general or local gum swelling, don’t take it for granted. Visit your dentist and get to the root of the problem. As they say, prevention is better than RCT.

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