Emergency Dentistry


Swollen or Bleeding Gums
Cut, Swollen and Bleeding Gums

If you have cut your gums or tongue on a sharp object, or bit your tongue, get a warm, damp wash cloth and apply pressure on the area. Make sure to call us immediately at 409-835-6257 so we can help determine if an emergency appointment is necessary. If it is apparent that emergency care is needed, do not hesitate to go to the emergency room at the nearest hospital.

Having healthy gums is important to ensure your teeth are healthy. If your gums are swollen and bright red, or purple, in color, it is most likely due to gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gum tissue because of bacteria, or plaque on the surface of the tooth. You might also experience bleeding when you brush or floss your teeth and your gums might be sensitive to pressure or touch.

If you have swollen or bleeding gums due to gingivitis or periodontal disease, it most likely is due to the lack of brushing or flossing in the affected area. Brushing and flossing at least two times daily and making it to your six month teeth cleanings and checkups will drastically reduce the chances of gingivitis or periodontal disease.