You may experience swelling in your mouth for various reasons. In some instances, it may even accompany a fever. Usually, a bacterial infection is the culprit. You need to see your dentist immediately to diagnose and treat the issue. A delay could cause the infection to spread and result in difficulty breathing and swallowing.
Possible Causes of Swelling in the Mouth
- Toothache. A toothache can cause pain and swelling inside your mouth. It can be due to tooth decay, a cracked tooth, inflamed pulp, or broken fillings. The discomfort can range from mild to severe and affect your head and jaw as well.
- Irritated wisdom teeth. Swelling can also occur as wisdom teeth attempt to erupt. Your dentist or oral surgeon may recommend an extraction to resolve the issue. There may still be swelling but this is temporary as you heal from oral surgery.
- Gingivitis. Plaque buildup can irritate the gums and cause them to bleed and swell. The sooner you’re seen, your dentist can reduce the effects of gingivitis on your oral health.
How to Relieve Pain and Swelling at Home
Swelling in your mouth can happen no matter how diligent you are with dental care. While waiting to see your dentist, try some of these home remedies for temporary pain relief.
- Saltwater rinse. Rinse your mouth using warm salt water to help remove any debris that may have been stuck between teeth. This can also help relieve a sore throat. Gargle with the warm salt water mixture for about 30 seconds before spitting out. Repeat the process as needed.
- Cold compress. Hold an ice pack to the outer cheek where the affected tooth is. You can do this several times a day for a few minutes. The cold compress reduces pain and swelling by constricting the blood vessels.
- Baking soda. You can try a homemade baking soda mouthwash. Baking soda is known for its. Combine half a tablespoon of baking soda with 1/2 cup of water and a pinch of salt. Use the mixture as a mouthwash and repeat the process up to two times daily.
- Over-the-counter medication. You can also take over-the-counter pain relievers to help you manage while waiting for your dental appointment.
As noted above, remember these remedies only provide temporary pain relief. Your dentist is the best resource for a permanent treatment if you experience swelling in your mouth.
At McKenzie Towne Family Dental in SE Calgary, we strive to provide patients with necessary immediate care. Contact us at 403.257.1180 to see a dentist as soon as possible. Let’s permanently eradicate any swelling and discomfort in your mouth.