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Gum Infection Symptoms

Updated July 19, 2017

A gum infection is a bacterial accumulation in the gum area that develops an abscess. It can cause great pain and lead to more serious problems, such as gum disease, so it must be treated quickly.

Causes

The main cause of gum infection is poor dental hygiene, which allows tartar and plaque to build up on teeth and in gums.

Dental Hygiene

Proper brushing and flossing are the most important components of good dental hygiene. It is also recommended that individuals visit the dentist at least once a year for a thorough cleaning.

Symptoms

Symptoms of a gum infection or gum disease include swollen or bleeding gums, mouth pain, chronic bad breath and visible pus.

Treatment

Your dentist will most likely first prescribe you antibiotics to treat the infection and may also recommend that you take painkillers. In addition, she will suggest a dental hygiene plan to help maintain gum health.

Tips

In addition to consistent brushing and rinsing, there are other methods to maintain healthy gums. Gargling every day with an equal combination of hydrogen peroxide and water helps destroy bacteria lurking in your mouth, and a warm saltwater mix gargle has a soothing effect and helps alleviate infections.

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Ily Goyanes has been writing professionally since 1994. Her work has appeared in local and national publications, including the "Miami New Times," "Broward/Palm Beach New Times" and "Florida Agenda" newspapers, as well as online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Science with concentrations in film, psychology and legal studies from Kaplan University.