As you may already know, in accordance with the latest recommendations from the Australian Dental Association, and to assist in maintaining the safety of our patients and staff, we have deferred all routine dental treatments and restricting appointments to emergencies and the treatment of pain only (level 3 restrictions). In light of this, in conjunction with Smile Docs®, we will publishing a series of articles called: “What Can You Do When You Can’t Get To See The Dentist”. Okay, let’s begin…
What To Do If You Have Sore Gums and You Can’t Open Your Mouth Wide?
Issues with your gums often arise because of unwanted bacteria or tightly-wedged food debris left behind from the last meal. Swelling anywhere in the body is a sign that something is wrong, and swollen gums are no exception. Healthy gums are firm and flat along your teeth. They’ll have a natural color ranging from light pink to dark purple depending on your skin tone.
If your gums are puffy, look unusually red, or appear to pull away from your teeth, it’s time to address the cause of those swollen gums and, in some cases, talk to your dentist about gum inflammation treatment.
You should be able to control most gum problems with good oral hygiene, in addition to brushing you should use antibacterial mouth wash three time a day and you should notice a relief in 2-3 days time.
If you can’t open wide you might have an infected gum around wisdom teeth.
Depending on the cause and severity of your inflamed gums, Dr Rammo might simply prescribe an oral rinse or a special brand of toothpaste to help prevent gingivitis and reduce plaque. If your gums are infected, you may also need a course of antibiotics.
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