You may think that pimples can only occur on your skin mainly facial skin unless you witness a little but nasty yellowish pimple on your gum. In medical term, it is known as an abscess which may not be confused by those harmless pimples on your face, which usually are caused by the blockage of pores on your skin. An abscess is essentially a collection of puss that accumulates in a tissue or a group of tissues over a specific period of time.
You may observe redness, soreness around the area of an abscess. It is usually the case before abscess fills up with pus. While an abscess on gum may cause pain when touched, it can be quite difficult for you to catch them, in the early stage of development, if you don’t brush regularly or you don’t inspect your gums regularly. These little yellowish pimples can be early warning signs of more serious diseases and shouldn’t be neglected if occur too often.
A pimple on your gum?
Well, you shouldn’t stress yourself just because you have spotted an abscess on your gum. In most of the cases, it indicates a gum or tooth infection which is definitely curable and it is extremely rare that an abscess can be a symptom of fatal diseases such as mouth cancer.
Popping the pimple isn’t the solution
While popping the pimple may seem the obvious solution, you should avoid this temptation. Popping the pimple results in an open wound which can result in further infection if proper care isn’t taken. Even though you may not pop a pimple, still it can pop on its own. If such is the case, wash out your mouth immediately and keep it clean.
Why Pimples Occur on the Gums?
Well, there can be a lot of reasons for that yellowish pimple on your gum, but mostly it is caused as a result of an infection in tooth root or gum. Following are the possible reasons for that nasty yellowish pimple on your gum:
Oral infections are the most common and a leading cause of the tooth and gum abscess. Usually, poor hygienic conditions and dental problems contribute to the development of an infection, and the infection will lead to an abscess.
Viral And/Or Bacterial Infections
There are two types of infections i.e. viral and bacterial infections. Viral infections usually don’t last long and your immune system doesn’t require any additional help in warding off the infection. However, a bacterial infection can be the opposite of the viral infection as it can last significantly longer and your immune system may require additional help in terms of antibiotics to ward off the infection.
If you don’t brush your teeth regularly and properly, after having meals, the food remains between your teeth and gum facilitates bacterial growth which may lead to an abscess on your gum. Also, if you wear braces or dentures, you should take special care of your teeth and brush them regularly after the meals to avoid any bacterial growth.
The inflammation that you witness due to a gum pimple is the result of countermeasures taken by your immune system to fight the bacteria invading your gum. This is a perfectly normal response to your immune system which keeps your gum and teeth healthy.
There are a variety of gum diseases that can lead to an abscess on your gum, some can be innocuous, such as mild gum inflammation, while others can have a devastating effect on you such as the loss of teeth. While toothless gums are usually associated with older individuals, it can also be a result of poor oral hygiene and periodontal disease.
Well, you may already be familiar or even if you’re not familiar, you should know that there are almost 150 to 220 different species of bacteria living in your mouth. Oh, don’t stress yourself, these bacteria by themselves aren’t a threat to us, but it is their excess which can lead to an infection or a gum disease. These bacteria form a residue on teeth, which you may call “plaque”. This deposit of plaque combined with poor oral hygiene will result in gum disease.
There are two common diseases of the gums, which can be an explanation for that pimple on your gum, gingivitis, and periodontitis. Gingivitis is not a serious condition, it is an inflammation usually caused by the built-up plaque on your teeth and gum. Its symptoms include redness, swelling, and occasional bleeding. However, this relatively innocuous disease can lead to a more severe condition, known as periodontitis, if left untreated along with poor oral hygiene. In severe cases of periodontitis, the tissue around the teeth dies, and teeth fall out.
Tooth decay occurs when the outmost layer of your teeth is destroyed by the plaque. The bacteria in the plaque feed on the leftovers from the sugary foods you eat and produces acids that destroy the enamel of the teeth. Tooth decay is so common that some people consider it inevitable.
Tooth decay should be treated properly because if left untreated, it can further infiltrate the tooth itself and can also affect the adjacent teeth. It can cause infection on reaching the nerves of the
” This condition requires professional treatment and cannot go away on its own.”
teeth. So, in case of an infection, your immune system will activate the countermeasures which will result in the appearance of a pimple on your gum.
This condition requires professional treatment and cannot go away on its own. Once the decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned up, the pimple will disappear.
A pimple can also appear on the gum after a successful tooth extraction, implantation, and filling. This is necessarily a good thing as it indicates that the healing of the wound is in progress. In this case, the pimple may appear to be red and may be filled with blood or fluid.
Pimple, as a result of implantations, does not usually cause any pain and it can go away on its own when the healing process of the wound is completed. Although, there have been cases where it didn’t go away on its own and became harder. But still, it should not be a serious concern as it can be removed with a minor surgery.
What can I do to prevent a reoccurrence?
Dental experts have a number of recommendations that you utilize to ‘get proactive’ when it comes to your gum health. After all, it’s always better to prevent something in the first place when you can. With that in mind, the following practices are recommended:
- Quit smoking – Yes, we know that you probably won’t, but you should know that smoking has been correlated with gum disease. The general consensus is that by lowering your immune systems defenses, smoking makes it easier for gum disease to occur. Just a little food for thought!
- Floss, floss, floss! – Floss daily, but be gentle about it. Make a loop in your floss so that it is around the tooth in a U-shape and gently pull back and forth to dislodge any food particles trapped inside. Be sure to pull out new floss often for the best and cleanest results.
- Brush at least twice a day – 3 times is better, but be sure that you are brushing twice a day at the very least. Brush your gums lightly as well as long as your bristles are still fresh and soft. If not, replace that toothbrush. As a general rule, it should be replaced every 3 months. Lastly, always brush at a 45 degree angle like dentists recommend for a good and thorough cleaning.
- Get regular check-ups – Visit your dentist regularly for check-ups and cleanings. Your dentist is quite likely going to be able to spot any potential problems before they can get out of hand so take advantage of this.
- Make sure you are getting enough calcium – Calcium is needed in your diet for strong bones and as such, it will reinforce the natural defenses of your teeth. Take supplements if you need to or simply partake of calcium-rich foods and drinks to make sure that you are getting the recommended daily intake.
- Consider toothpaste for sensitive gums – Some people are sensitive to mint and changing their toothpaste can help to reduce persistent swelling of the gums. Try checking some of the toothpaste options at your local grocer and see if changing your toothpaste helps.
- Make sure your toothpaste has Fluoride– Fluoride can help keep your pearly whites white and is also good for reducing gingivitis. So make sure that your toothpaste has it! Yes, fluoride is added to drinking water, but for your teeth direct application is best.
Strengthening your gums with spices, herbs, and vitamins
There are a number of items that you have in the
house already which can strengthen up your gums and help to keep gum disease at bay. Some of the spices and herbs that we take for granted actually have a long history of being utilized for good oral hygiene and we’ve learned some amazing things about some of the vitamins that we use today. For instance, try these home remedies:
- Turmeric can be made into a healing paste – a tablespoon of turmeric mixed with half a tablespoon of water can be stirred into a paste that you can apply to inflamed gums in a pinch.
- Salt rinses can soothe inflammation – It’s something that the dentist always recommends after visits which we seldom do, but should. A teaspoon of salt added to one cup of warm water is all you need and you should rinse with this twice a day for 30 seconds at a time. The salt will kill harmful bacteria and can also help to soothe and reduce inflammation of the gums.
- Omega fatty acids reduce the gingival index – The gingival index is a means of measurement in regards to the inflammation of gums. Studies have shown that taking omega fatty acids at a dosage of 300 milligrams a day for 12 weeks can actually reduce this rating. Easily obtained at your local grocery or pharmacy, if you don’t have them then you should get yourself a bottle.
- Green tea puts bacteria in its place– Green tea has excellent antibacterial properties and you should take advantage of this. Black tea is good as well, with some studies showing harmful bacteria levels being reduced by as much as 30%. Not too shabby for a delicious drink, so have a cup or two of tea a day and reap these benefits for yourself!
- Vitamin C boosts your immune system – Vitamin C strengthens your immune system and this includes your teeth and gums. It’s also easy to get. Eat more citrus fruits or simply take a supplement, just make sure that you get your vitamin C.
- Vitamin D can help to fight gum disease – Studies have shown that Vitamin D can help to fight gum disease. Lots of foods have this vitamin, such as cheese, fatty fish, some dairy products, and more. If you are vegan then you can get your vitamin D from soy milk or even orange juice as well.
Today we’ve discussed some of the various reasons why gum pimples can occur as well as gone into some preventative maintenance that you can do in order to keep your gums healthy. It is estimated that approximately 80% of Americans have some form of gum disease and as such, it is paramount that you do what you can to take care of your gums. To help avoid gum disease be sure to use our recommendations but more importantly, you should visit your dentist regularly. With good oral hygiene and regular visits to your dentist then your healthy gums and your smile should last a good, long time.