“Pimple” or “Gum Boil”? Reach your Dentist immediately

“Pimple” or “Gum Boil”? Reach your Dentist immediately

August 8, 2022

What Is a Pimple o Gum Boil?

A “Pimple” or “Gum Boil” is a pus-filled, swollen bump on the gums. These boils form when bacteria build up and cause infection. The area may be painful or tender. these gum boils, or abscesses, are a sign of bacterial infection. They are more common in people with gum disease or people who have recently had dental surgery. In these cases, plaque and food can enter pockets in the gums, leading to an overgrowth of bacteria. Some symptoms that accompany a gum boil include bad breath, fever, nausea, bleeding or discharge from the boil or gums, pain, swelling, and others.

“Pimple” or “Gum Boil” in your child’s mouth is a sign of tooth infection and should be evaluated immediately. 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 an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen to reduce inflammation.


To treat the infection and prevent further boils, a dentist may recommend one or a combination of the following treatments:

          • Antibiotics

          • Deep cleaning

          • Drainage

          • Denture adjustment

          • Surgical procedures

In many cases, a gum boil is the result of poor dental hygiene. Maintenance of good oral health is the best way to avoid gum boils. Big Little Smiles is here to promote the health of young patients from infancy through the teenage years. From the beginning, we emphasize preventative care and helping families develop good oral health habits. Reach out to Big Little Smiles Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics if you think that your child might have an infection and needs to be treated immediately. Call us now at (203)903-9487 or click here to schedule your kid’s emergency appointment with Dr. Lionel Vera, DMD.