September 20, 2019
Have you ever been brushing your teeth or looking at your reflection and noticed a large bump in your gums? What is it? What causes this gross, uncomfortable problem? How can your dentist treat the issue? Are there ways to get rid of the boil at home? Read more to find out the answers.
What Causes Bumps on Gums?
Bumps or boils on gums are also called abscesses. The main cause behind this problem is bacteria, whether it’s from plaque, particles of food, or tooth decay. Although rare, the boil may also be a sign of oral cancer.
Pain is typically the first indication that you have an abscess on your gums. Other symptoms, besides seeing it in the mirror or discovering it with your tongue, may include:
- Bad breath
- Pus discharge
- Swollen gums
- Fever or fatigue
- Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
While some of these symptoms by themselves may not necessarily mean you have a gum boil, it’s never a bad idea to see your dentist to be sure.
How Can Your Dentist Treat the Problem?
Most of the time, a gum boil is due to poor oral hygiene, so it can be resolved with better oral health habits like more regular brushing and flossing. Additionally, your dentist may prescribe antibiotics combined with another treatment such as:
- If the cause is ill-fitting dentures, a denture adjustment
- If the cause is tooth decay, a root canal
- If the cause is unhealthy gums, a deep cleaning
Home Remedies for Gum Boils
Believe it or not, there are some ways you can alleviate your symptoms at home. The best way to treat the issue is to see your dentist, but if that’s not possible, try out these methods:
- Gargle with saltwater
- Rinse with mouth with a 50-50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide
- Rinse with garlic juice
- Apply clove oil or tea tree oil to the affected area
Gum boils might be disgusting and uncomfortable, but they aren’t the end of the world. Even if on tha rare chance that they are a sign of oral cancer, it can typically be treated if you see your dentist right away.
About the Author
Dr. Durga Devarakonda graduated form Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in 2011 and currently practices at DD Family Dentistry in Carrollton, TX. Her professional affiliations include the American Dental Association, the Texas Dental Association, the Massachusetts Dental Society, and the North Texas Dental Society. If you have a bump on your gums, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Durga at (972) 245-3395 or visit her website.
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