There are many different causes of lumps and bumps on the gums, just like there are many different causes of lumps and bumps on other parts of the body. While bumps can be concerning, they are not always dangerous or something to worry about. Regular oral hygiene may be the key to preventing any unwanted lumps or boils.
Causes of Lumps on the Gums
There are many different causes of lumps on the gums, some can be serious, but others are not harmful and will go away on their own, according to Dr. David Mugford, an Annapolis-area dentist who’s credentials include a Specialty Certificate in Periodontics and Dental Implants. A bump on the gums can be called an abscess, and the main cause behind the problem is bacteria. This bacterium can be associated with plaque, particles of food, or tooth decay. In some cases, a boil may be a sign of oral cancer. A lot of times, lumps are caused by poor oral hygiene, which means it can be resolved with better oral health habits.
“This means that regular brushing and flossing, and regular professional cleanings are essential to make sure your mouth stays as healthy as possible” says Dr. Mugford.
Symptoms Associated with Lumps
Some symptoms associated with lumps on the gum may include bleeding, bad breath, pus discharge, swollen gums, earaches, nausea, fever or fatigue, and sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Some of these symptoms can be associated with serious concerns, while other times these symptoms may be nothing to worry about, “but it does not hurt to get checked out to eliminate any concern,” advises Dr. Mugford.
“There are many remedies for lumps on the gums, and we can help you solve the problem by helping with a deep cleaning or other procedures and treatments.”
There may also be some home remedies for less serious lumps that we can recommend for you after hearing more about your symptoms and concerns. If you have a lump, or have questions about prevention, please call our office and our periodontists will be happy to help.
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Serving the wider Baltimore and Annapolis areas, the Crofton-based Mugford Center offers flexible scheduling options and can assist with your perio and dental implant questions. Call The Mugford Center for Periodontics & Dental Implants today at (410) 260-0790.