Many people experience pain in the mouth. Swelling and pain can occur in any area of the mouth, this includes the tongue, roof of the mouth, the gums, or inside the cheeks. If you are experiencing severe mouth swelling or pain, contact Dr. Roberson immediately. If you are suffering from mouth swelling or discomfort, it’s important to get to the underlying cause. Oftentimes, gum disease and other conditions can be identified during routine visits. Once your Birmingham dentist identifies the problem, appropriate treatment can begin.

Common Reasons for Mouth Swelling, Pain, and Gum Disease

Mouth Sores

Canker sores are one of the most common mouth sores. They can cause swelling and pain inside the mouth. Most of the time, these small ulcers go away on their own. But if the pain persists or it seems to become infected, your Birmingham dentist may prescribe an antibiotic, an antimicrobial mouth rinse, or a corticosteroid to help the sore heal. Mouth sores are usually a minor concern, however, it’s important to have them examined as they can also be an early sign of oral cancer.

Tooth Decay

If you don’t notice mouth swelling but experience sharp or throbbing pain, you may have a decaying tooth. New pain or sensitivity to hot and cold substances can be a sign of a cavity that needs attention. Getting cavities taken care of early on can help save your tooth. Milder cavities can usually be repaired using tooth-colored fillings. Severe decay may require a root canal or crown.

Dry Mouth

Saliva plays a role in your dental health. It helps wash debris and bacteria off teeth and keeps acid from eroding your teeth. If you suffer from dry mouth, your mouth may feel parched. Bad breath, rough tongue, cavities, mouth sores, cracked lips, and swelling on the roof of the mouth are signs of dry mouth. Simply drinking more liquids, especially water, can oftentimes resolve dry mouth. You can also consume specific foods that help stimulate saliva production to help. Carrots and almonds are two examples. Severe cases of dry mouth may require a visit to Dr. Roberson’s dental clinic. He will be able to identify the cause of dry mouth. Then, he can develop a treatment plan for you.

Gum Disease

One of the most common dental health problems in adults across the US is gum disease. Gingivitis or early-stage gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque along the gums and on the teeth. Plaque erodes the healthy structures in the mouth and leads to swollen, bleeding gums. It is often the culprit for bad breath too. Gingivitis is reversible by regular dental care and brushing and flossing. However, if it is left untreated, it can progress into more advanced forms of gum disease. Periodontitis can cause gum erosion, loose teeth, and bone loss. Even though gum disease is destructive, it is usually easy to prevent. If you notice signs of gingivitis or gum disease, contact your Birmingham dentist right away. Any pain or swelling of the mouth or gums needs immediate treatment to prevent more serious problems later.

Schedule an Exam with Dr. Roberson

If you have any issues with mouth swelling or suspect the onset or development of gum disease, please don’t hesitate to call your Birmingham dentist. Scheduling an appointment with Dr. Roberson can help prevent the need for more serious treatment later. Routine dental checkups can help detect problems early on while they are more easily treated. Call today to schedule your next appointment.

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