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Health Tip: Soothe Swollen Gums

Suggestions for care at home

(HealthDay News) -- Gums can swell and become tender as a result of gingivitis, a side effect of certain drugs or pregnancy.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine suggests how to care for swollen gums:

  • Don't expose your gums to irritating substances such as tobacco, mouthwashes or alcohol.
  • Eat a balanced, nutritious diet.
  • Try a different brand of toothpaste if your gums appear sensitive to your toothpaste.
  • Practice good oral hygiene, including a periodontal or dental visit every six months.
  • If your condition is caused by a drug, ask your doctor about changing medications. Don't switch any medication before you consult with your doctor.
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