Health Tip: Swollen Gums Can Signal Poor Health

Talk to your doctor to determine a cause

(HealthDay News) -- Swollen gums are a symptom of problems ranging from poor hygiene to a serious health problem such as lack of vitamin C (scurvy). If you discover that you have swollen gums, speak to your doctor or dentist about determining a cause.

Here are possible explanations for swollen gums, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:

  • Viral or fungal infection.
  • Gingivitis.
  • Ill-fitting dentures.
  • Reaction or sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash.
  • Side effect of medications.
  • Poor nutrition or malnourishment.
  • Scurvy.
  • Pregnancy.
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