Swollen Gums: The Signs, Symptoms And Dangers

There are several symptoms that are often associated with swollen gums. They are most often found together in people who are suffering from an underlying problem such as gingivitis, periodontitis, gum disease or periodontal disease. Symptoms include:

  • Bleeding gums

  • Sensitive gums and teeth

  • Gum recession

  • Tartar accumulation

  • Loose teeth

  • Bright red gums

  • Purple or dark red gums


Red, swollen gums may have a red spot on the gums or generalized redness along the margin of the gum lines near the teeth. Significant, obvious redness is typical of underlying infections that have triggered a severe immune response.

Dangers And Health Risks

When swollen gums are left untreated, it can contribute to severe forms of gum disease that may ultimately result in loss of your teeth.

Swollen gums are also associated with systemic health or disease conditions like:

Type II Diabetes Blood sugar levels may be difficult to control if active oral disease is present and vice versa.

Cardiovascular Disease Heart attack, stroke, elevated cholesterol and blood pressure may all have a direct correlation with inflammation associated with gum disease due to the bodys immune response to the presence of bacteria. Oral bacteria may dislodge and travel through the cardiovascular system, placing you at an increased risk for cardiovascular attacks.

Erectile Dysfunction Inflammation associated with active gum disease is linked to erectile dysfunction in men. Treating oral symptoms can help alleviate ED symptoms.

Obesity People who experience progression in weight gain are at an increased risk to develop deterioration of their gum health.

Premature Labor and Low Birth Weight Infants Oral disease conditions such as periodontitis (swollen gums around the teeth) are risk factors for premature birth.

Smoking It is important to note that if you are a smoker, you can experience gum disease without swollen, red or bleeding gums. Smokers often have undiagnosed gum disease with severe bone loss due to the effect that the smoking has on their bodys inflammatory response.

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