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.
- Ill-fitting dentures.
- Reaction or sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash.
- Side effect of medications.
- Poor nutrition or malnourishment.