Other symptoms of a possible gum abscess include unpleasant tastes or odors (bad breath), which may be caused by pus leaking into the mouth.
Occasionally, an abscess may cause little or no pain—but it still needs treatment, because the infection won’t go away on its own, and may cause further damage.
How do you get rid of an infection in your gums?
If you experience pain, your dentist can prescribe pain medication. There’s no way to treat a gum abscess at home. To reduce pain and sensitivity until you see a dentist, rinse your mouth with warm salt water or take over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.
How long does a gum infection last?
In most cases, gingivitis usually clears up within 10 to 14 days. If your gingivitis is more serious, it could take longer to treat. Take charge of your dental health to prevent it from recurring.
How do you know if your gums are infected?
Signs that you may have infected gums include:
- Gums that are swollen, tender or bleeding.
- Receding gums.
- Pus coming from the gums.
- Chronic bad breath.
- Loose teeth.
- A noticeable change in the way your teeth fit together when you bite.
What is the fastest way to heal swollen gums?
- Soothe your gums by brushing and flossing gently, so you don’t irritate them.
- Rinse your mouth with a saltwater solution to rid your mouth of bacteria.
- Drink lots of water.
- Avoid irritants, including strong mouthwashes, alcohol, and tobacco.
- Place a warm compress over your face to lessen gum pain.