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What Are Bruised Gums?

Posted on 4/15/2024 by Weo Admin
a close up of healthy gums and pearly teethUnderstanding the signs of bruised gums, such as tenderness or discoloration, is a key step in taking control of your oral health. These changes in your gum tissue can often be puzzling and concerning. Knowing what they are and how to address them is crucial for maintaining optimal dental wellness.

What Causes Bruised Gums?

Bruised gums can stem from various factors, ranging from minor injuries to underlying dental issues. Accidental trauma, such as biting down on hard foods or objects, vigorous brushing, or using a toothbrush with stiff bristles, can all lead to bruising of the delicate gum tissue. It is also important to note that gum disease, characterized by inflammation and infection of the gums, can manifest as bruised gums among its symptoms.

Identifying Bruised Gums

You may notice localized swelling, tenderness, or a purplish hue in the affected area of your gums. While bruised gums typically heal on their own within a few days, persistent discomfort or discoloration warrants a visit to your dentist to rule out any underlying issues.

Treating Bruised Gums

The treatment for bruised and swollen gums varies depending on the diagnosis and underlying causes of the swelling. If the bruising is minor and likely to resolve on its own, apply a cold compress and consume softer foods. Avoiding hard foods and soothing the gums with a moist gauze pad, a cool small spoon, or a clean finger is advisable for teething babies with sore gums.

Seeking professional help is crucial to accurately diagnose and treat any underlying issues if the discomfort or discoloration persists. If bruising is linked to a health condition, a healthcare provider can diagnose and treat it. A blood transfusion may be suggested for thrombocytopenia if platelet levels are low. The normal platelet count in blood is 150,000 per microliter.

If you notice a bruise on your gum and have no idea how it got there, it is crucial to consult our dentist immediately. We can evaluate your situation and suggest appropriate strategies to improve your dental health.

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