Saturday, August 04, 2007

Health Tip: Swollen Gums Can Signal Poor Health

(HealthDay News) -- Swollen gums are a symptom of problems ranging from poor hygiene to a serious health problem such as lack of vitamin C (scurvy). If you discover that you have swollen gums, speak to your doctor or dentist about determining a cause.
Here are possible explanations for swollen gums, courtesy of the U.S. National Library of Medicine:
Viral or fungal infection.
Gingivitis.
Ill-fitting dentures.
Reaction or sensitivity to toothpaste or mouthwash.
Side effect of medications.
Poor nutrition or malnourishment.
Scurvy.
Pregnancy.

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